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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Christian Thompson

Australia

Christian Bumbarra Thompson is a Bidjara man of the Kunja Nation from Central West Queensland and also has European heritage.Thompson's work is primarily focused on the performative exploration of multiple identities; he inhabits a range of personas that he achieves through simple costume and carefully orchestrated poses and backdrops.

Thompson's practice is informed by his absorption of a range of cultures as a young Aboriginal art- ist growing up in an urban environment in the 1980s and 1990s. In more recent work Thompson combines traditional Australian Indigenous scenarios with lurid ornamentatio, and has moved into exploring a new cross-continental and theatrically postcolonial identity. His 'HEAT' series of videos and stills captures the affective experience of the desert climate in the Queensland outback.

Thompson's work has been included in group exhibitions at a number of international institutions including the Andy Warhol Museum, USA; Wood Street Galleries, USA; National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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Institutional critique in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial Ocula Report Institutional critique in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial 3 Dec 2015 : Tess Maunder for Ocula

Since the late 1980s the major concern for curatorial practice has been the rise of biennale culture; the impact this exhibition format has had upon both the production and reception of contemporary art internationally. Reflecting on this lineage and recent politics from within the Asia-Pacific region, it is apparent that exhibitions such as the...

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The Centre for Contemporary Photography is celebrating its thirtieth birthday with a blockbuster show Related Press The Centre for Contemporary Photography is celebrating its thirtieth birthday with a blockbuster show The Creators Project : 21 July 2016

The Centre for Contemporary Photography, one of Australia’s leading photographic art galleries, is turning thirty this week. To celebrate, the CCP is hosting a blockbuster fundraiser exhibition, featuring the work of over seventy artists. It’s an opportunity to reflect upon the changing dynamics of Australian contemporary...

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8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art Related Press 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art Frieze : 13 January 2016

'The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8)' takes as its theme the performative body and – given the show’s wide geographic remit – it’s surprisingly apt. Curated by a Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) team of 15 curators under the leadership of QAGOMA’s Director, Chris...

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Largest number of Australian artists selected for APT8 Related Press Largest number of Australian artists selected for APT8 Visual Arts Hub : 9 June 2015

The Asia Pacific Triennial has become a defining exhibition within the international biennale arena. It will, again, be presented by the Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) this November, with 83 artists selected from 32 countries for this its eighth edition.While biennales love to roll out “numbers and...

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A Look Into Recent Australian Art Related Press A Look Into Recent Australian Art Art Radar Asia / 08 November 2013 : 12 November 2013

From 31 August to 13 October 2013, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts in western Australia held “In Confidence: Reorientations in Recent Art”, an exhibition exploring the cultural proximity of Australia and nations of the Indian Ocean. In his essay “Australia is not an island” curator John Mateer re-assesses ideas of...

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