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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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Fiona Hall

b. 1953, Australia

Fiona Hall is a leading contemporary Australian artist. Working across painting, collage, printmaking, photography, sculpture, video, and installation, Hall has exemplified her skill in a diverse range of media in a career spanning over four decades. After initially enrolling for a Diploma of Painting at East Sydney Technical College, Hall became more preoccupied with photography. She exhibited her works for the first time in Thoughts and Images: An Exploratory Exhibition of Australian Student Photography at the Ewing and George Paton Galleries, University of Melbourne, in 1974.

Hall’s choice of material is central to her artistic practice as she attempts to address the relationship between nature and contemporary issues such as globalisation and consumerism. Hall’s fascination with the natural world is an ongoing theme throughout her oeuvre and was explored in Fall Prey, her project for dOCUMENTA (13), in which she constructed the bodies of various threatened species (picked from the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources’ Red List) out of the military uniforms of their native countries.

A retrospective of the artist’s work was held at Queensland Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of South Australia in 2005; and a survey of her work was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. This toured to City Gallery in Wellington, New Zealand in 2008.

Hall was awarded the prestigious Contempora 5 Art Award in 1997 and the Clemenger Art Award at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne in 1999. Her work is held in collections at all major Australian institutions including: the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; and the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.

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Featured Artworks

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Noose by Fiona Hall contemporary artwork
Fiona HallNoose, 2019 military garment, wire, ochre, charcoal, dice
106 x 25 x 22 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Conscript by Fiona Hall contemporary artwork
Fiona HallConscript, 2019 military garment, charcoal, ochre, nails
101 x 25 x 25 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
zero sum by Fiona Hall contemporary artwork
Fiona Hallzero sum aluminum can, tin, wire, paint
39.5 x 35.5 x 7 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
zero sum by Fiona Hall contemporary artwork
Fiona Hallzero sum, 2017 aluminum can, tin, wire, paint
38 x 38 x 7 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
zero sum by Fiona Hall contemporary artwork
Fiona Hallzero sum, 2017 aluminum can, tin, wire, paint
47.5 x 31.5 x 7 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
zero sum by Fiona Hall contemporary artwork
Fiona Hallzero sum, 2017 aluminum can, tin, wire, paint
101.5 x 111.5 x 7 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
zero sum by Fiona Hall contemporary artwork
Fiona Hallzero sum, 2017 aluminum can, tin, wire, paint
104.5 x 96.5 x 7 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
zero sum by Fiona Hall contemporary artwork
Fiona Hallzero sum, 2017 aluminum can, tin, wire, paint
84 x 88.5 x 7 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Fiona Hall, Gateless Gate at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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12 April–13 May 2017 Fiona Hall Gateless Gate Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Fiona Hall, Veneer at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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26 June–26 July 2014 Fiona Hall Veneer Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Fiona Hall, Veneer at Two Rooms, Auckland
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23 August–28 September 2013 Fiona Hall Veneer Two Rooms, Auckland

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Sydney Summer Report Ocula Report Sydney Summer Report 12 Jan 2016 : Rachel Fuller for Ocula

When Silence Falls
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
19 December 2015 - 1 May 2016Currently showing in the contemporary galleries of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, When Silence Falls is a collection-based, group exhibition curated by AGNSW curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Cara Pinchbeck.

When...

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A report on Australian representation at the 56th Venice Biennale: 'All The World’s Futures' curated by Okwui Enwezor Ocula Report A report on Australian representation at the 56th Venice Biennale: 'All The World’s Futures' curated by Okwui Enwezor 19 May 2015 : Tess Maunder for Ocula

On the 120th anniversary of its inaugural exhibition in 1895, Nigerian-born curator, Okwui Enwezor, has this year directed the 56th iteration of the Venice Biennale. Titled All The World’s Futures, the exhibition is centred on re-articulating the politics of representation in the wake of colonialism. Since the nineties, the spike in...

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Fiona Hall Ocula Conversation Fiona Hall Artist, Australia

Fiona Hall represented Australia at the 56th Venice Biennale. Hall first emerged in the 1970s as a photographer, but during the 1980s moved to using a diverse range of art forms. Her ever-growing repertoire includes sculpture, painting, installation, video and garden design.The Adelaide-based artist is the sole artist exhibiting at the...

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Natalie King And Djon Mundine Ocula Conversation Natalie King And Djon Mundine Co-curators, TarraWarra Biennial 2014

With the aim of providing an experimental curatorial platform, the TarraWarra Biennial was inaugurated in 2006 to identify new developments in contemporary Australian art. This year the event is co-curated by independent leading Australian curators—one of Aboriginal descent and the other of non-indigenous descent—Djon Mundine and...

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In Related Press

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Review: Dark Rooms - Women Directing the Lens 1978–98, Griffith University Art Museum Related Press Review: Dark Rooms - Women Directing the Lens 1978–98, Griffith University Art Museum Artshub : 1 August 2018

There is a feeling you sometimes get when you are witness to an important moment - a moment in history, a moment for change, an act of empowered voices. This exhibition captures one such moment.Dark Rooms: Women Directing the Lens 1978 - 98 has been curated by Naomi Evans for the Griffith University Art Museum, in Brisbane, and surveys a moment in...

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You'd Have To Be Bonkers: Australians In HK Related Press You'd Have To Be Bonkers: Australians In HK The Art Life : 31 March 2017

Is it only a week since Hong Kong? After a blur of skyscraper light shows, bamboo scaffolding, detour signs, cranes and ferries, it’s hard to believe it all happened. For an international art fair rookie (like me) Art Basel Hong Kong (ABHK) was hard to get your head around. Held across two large floors of the sophisticated but sterile Hong Kong...

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Sasha Grishin's top five art exhibitions of 2016 Related Press Sasha Grishin's top five art exhibitions of 2016 The Sydney Morning Herald : 31 December 2016

Canberra public and private commercial art galleries continue to hold brilliant exhibitions that challenge conventions and inspire the public. So much so that selecting the top five shows for this year is akin to judging an art prize where you know that any of a dozen entries would be a worthy winner, but only one will be awarded the pot of...

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'When Silence Falls' at the Art Gallery of New South Wales Related Press 'When Silence Falls' at the Art Gallery of New South Wales ArtAsiaPacific : 7 April 2016

When Silence Falls is the second of the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ (AGNSW) Contemporary Collection Projects, a series aimed at highlighting the institution’s own holdings and revealing new connections—or, in their words, “sightlines”—between the artworks. The series launched in 2015 with the exhibition See...

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