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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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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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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Crispin Akerman

b. 1960, Australia

The painting of Crispin Akerman invites our re-engagement with an ancient genre. Still-life reflects an appreciation of the profound mystery contained in the objects with which we surround ourselves. Such work highlights the condition of the everyday, whose familiarity often obscures its role as an expression of the wonder and beauty of material being. Making use of stylistic characteristics evocative of the Dutch Masters of the seventeenth century, Akerman invites the viewer to take a fresh look at what this meditative approach might offer today. An inner tension renders the works too unsettling to be purely decorative. The artist's considered approach to the elements of shape, form and colour inspires contemplation of the intimacy and sensuality of his subject.

Akerman attended the Julian Ashton School in Sydney before completing his Bachelor of Arts at the Canberra Institute of Arts in 1992, where he also worked as an assistant to painters Mandy Martin and Robert Boynes. Previously a member of the popular 1980s music group The Eurogliders, he now works full-time as an artist, exhibiting widely in Australia.

His works are included in the Parliament House collection in Canberra, Artbank, and numerous other public and private collections.

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