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Ocula ReportFrieze Week 2018: London, Masters and 1-5412 Oct 2018 : Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams for Ocula{{document.location.href}}
A rush of politics kicked off Frieze Week this year, with a talk between Chelsea Manning and James Bridle organised by the Institute of Contemporary Arts at the Royal Institution, three days ahead of the opening of Frieze London, Frieze Masters and 1-54 (4–7 October 2018). The event felt more like a press conference, with attendees seemingly...
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Ocula ConversationCristina Ricupero and Jörg HeiserCurators, Busan Biennale{{document.location.href}}
Divided We Stand, the tongue-in-cheek title of the 9th Busan Biennale (8 September–1 November 2018), speaks to the psychological effects of borders on individual and collective social consciousness. Co-curated by artistic directors Cristina Ricupero and Jörg Heiser, with guest curator Gahee Park, the exhibition explores the divisions haunting...
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Ocula ReportAnni Albers: In Focus6 Oct 2018 : Inga Lace for Ocula{{document.location.href}}
Walking through the Anni Albers exhibition at the K20, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, in Düsseldorf this summer (9 June–9 September 2018), I couldn't help thinking about the 1944 poem by American dancer and artist Raymond Duncan, 'I Sing the Weaver'. The poem talks about weaving as a practice linking a weaver's body to the world; a view that...
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Chris Heaphy is of Ngāi Tahu descent and graduated from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in 1991, completing an MFA at RMIT University, Melbourne in 1998.  

Heaphy’s work addressed issues and questions about culture and identity.  The reoccurring symbols and signs in his paintings are deliberately open-ended in their interpretation.  Heaphy refers to this as the ‘slippage of meaning of the symbol.’   For example, silhouetted forms may allude to European walking sticks or ancient Māori rock drawings.  His interest is in encouraging viewers to acknowledge the way in which differing cultures, communities and individuals reveal and define their identities. 

Heaphy was the recipient of the Olivia Spencer-Bower Art Award in 1995 and was represented in the 2007 Frieze Art Fair in London by Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York. He has work in the Auckland Art Gallery and National Library Art Gallery in Wellington. 

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