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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Flora Yukhnovich

b. 1990, United Kingdom

Flora Yukhnovich’s recent paintings use the language of the Rococo to examine notions of femininity, exploring its aesthetic expressions throughout art history and finding connections within contemporary popular culture.

Yukhnovich manipulates colour and form to explore the representation of the female form and the male gaze as well as the associations of the superficial, decorative and domestic present in the Rococo. As Yukhnovich states: “I see a discrepancy between the aesthetic qualities we perceive to be feminine i.e. the beautiful, the submissive, the delicate, and my own experience of what it is to be a woman today”.

The paintings exist in a powerful state of flux as figuration gives way to abstraction and sensation, engaging with the the visceral and the sublime through sensual and gestural mark-making. Harnessing the dynamism and eroticism inherent in the Rococo, Yukhnovich seeks to create active images which do not submit to the gaze but have the capacity to affect the viewer – paintings which are indicative of the legacy of the feminine but express the true agency and power of womanhood.

In Prendre son Pied (2017) Yukhnovich appropriates Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s The Swing (c.1767), abstracting and expanding its composition into a Rorschach-like triptych, its symmetry imbuing the whole with an underlying psychological tension. Fragonard’s playful but highly sexualised painting, often seen as representing the height of frivolity within the Rococo, is subverted and transformed into something more critical, the title alluding to a deeper physical experience. Likewise, in Tu vas me Faire Rouger (2017), Yukhnovich takes cues from Fragonard’s painting to create a highly charged vision, at its heart a pulsing tangle of painterly marks fluctuating between fleshy pinks and blushing reds.

Flora Yukhnovich (born 1990, UK) graduated from the City and Guilds of London Art School in 2017. Her first solo exhibition with Parafin will take place in 2019.

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Featured Artworks

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Sweet Spot by Flora Yukhnovich contemporary artwork Flora YukhnovichSweet Spot, 2018 Oil on linen
150 x 140 cm
Parafin
Pretty Little Thing by Flora Yukhnovich contemporary artwork Flora YukhnovichPretty Little Thing, 2018 Oil on linen
220 x 190 cm
Parafin
A Glass and a Half by Flora Yukhnovich contemporary artwork Flora YukhnovichA Glass and a Half, 2018 Oil on linen
160 x 260 cm
Parafin
In the Pink by Flora Yukhnovich contemporary artwork Flora YukhnovichIn the Pink, 2018 Oil on linen
220 x 190 cm
Parafin
Study (7) by Flora Yukhnovich contemporary artwork Flora YukhnovichStudy (7), 2018 Oil on paper
21 x 14.7 cm
Parafin

Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Flora Yukhnovich, Sweet Spot at Parafin, London
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8 February–30 March 2019 Flora Yukhnovich Sweet Spot Parafin, London

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