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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See 20 Sep 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging artists...

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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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Geng Jianyi

(1962 - 2017), China

With a body of work spanning nearly twenty years and covering media as different as oil painting, video, photography, conceptual art and installation, Geng’s body of work suggests a constant search for meaning beneath the surface of all kinds of appearances, be they social, visual or cultural. Geng is preoccupied with the workings of the social mechanisms of communication, interaction, memory and identity-formation. Some of his most interesting work has taken the form of performative tasks required of normal people instructed to perform certain actions, such as filling forms or writing reports, and which question the significance of embedded social practices and state regulations. Recent works, such as the photographic series Watermarks, have veered towards an approach focusing on the effects of immediate actions ‘here-and-now’ that seems inspired by Buddhist philosophical practices in their apparent minimal formal treatment paired with a meditative sensibility.

Featured Artworks

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Door Series by Geng Jianyi contemporary artwork
Geng JianyiDoor Series, 2008 Refrigerator doors, Polaroid photos, magnets
ShanghART
Water Mark by Geng Jianyi contemporary artwork
Geng JianyiWater Mark, 2000 Gelatin silver print, chemigram
61 x 51 cm
ShanghART
Landscapes 8 风景 8 by Geng Jianyi contemporary artwork
Geng JianyiLandscapes 8 风景 8, 2015 Mixed media, photograph, painting, lightbox
27.5 x 40 cm
ShanghART
Stubborn Image D-3 by Geng Jianyi contemporary artwork
Geng JianyiStubborn Image D-3, 2016 Signal lamp, motor, hand paint
20 x 20 x 29 cm
ShanghART
The Reason Why Classic Is (154-1) by Geng Jianyi contemporary artwork
Geng JianyiThe Reason Why Classic Is (154-1), 2000 Mixed media, Book, Water color on paper, 72 double pages with hard cover
19.4 x 26.7 x 1.7 cm
ShanghART
Stubborn Image C-4 by Geng Jianyi contemporary artwork
Geng JianyiStubborn Image C-4, 2016 Hand paint on lens glass by mark pen
5 x 15 x 32 cm
ShanghART
Untitled 12 无题 12 by Geng Jianyi contemporary artwork
Geng JianyiUntitled 12 无题 12, 2015 Wooden case, torch, slide projectors, film (positives and negatives)
200 x 160 x 45 cm
ShanghART

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Summer Wind Flirts among Words 夏风惹来一堆字 at ShanghART, Shanghai
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27 July–28 August 2019 Group Exhibition Summer Wind Flirts among Words 夏风惹来一堆字 ShanghART, Westbund, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Geng Jianyi, Liang Shaoji, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Artist Trio Show at ShanghART, Beijing
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13 July–25 August 2019 Geng Jianyi, Liang Shaoji, Apichatpong Weerasethakul Artist Trio Show ShanghART, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Side Lanes 辅路 at ShanghART, Shanghai
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18 January–24 February 2019 Group exhibition Side Lanes 辅路 ShanghART, Westbund, Shanghai

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Dr Uli Sigg Ocula Conversation Dr Uli Sigg Collector

When Sydney art dealer Ray Hughes visited Swiss collector Uli Sigg at his Mauensee residence near Lucerne some years ago, a mutual friend asked the dealer how the visit went. ‘Did you feel comfortable and find a place to kick your feet up and read?’ ‘No, to both,’ answered Hughes, ‘it seems there was only art...

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Doryun Chong Ocula Conversation Doryun Chong Chief Curator, M+, Hong Kong

Doryun Chong is Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong’s super museum for visual culture. Prior to joining M+, Chong was Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and prior to that, he was a curator in the visual arts department at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center from 2003 to 2009. At MoMA,...

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Doryun Chong Ocula Conversation Doryun Chong Chief Curator, M+, Hong Kong

Doryun Chong is Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong’s super museum for visual culture. Prior to joining M+, Chong was Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and prior to that, he was a curator in the visual arts department at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center from 2003 to 2009. At MoMA,...

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In Related Press

Obituary: Geng Jianyi (1962–2017) Related Press Obituary: Geng Jianyi (1962–2017) ArtAsiaPacific : 8 December 2017

A seminal figure of China's '85 New Wave movement and co-founder of the artists' group Pond Society, Geng Jianyi died of cancer in Hangzhou, China, on December 5. He was 55 years old.Geng worked in a wide variety of media in his more than three-decade career. In the late 1980s, he achieved critical success for his deadpan depictions of laughing...

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M+ Sigg Collection Exhibition Related Press M+ Sigg Collection Exhibition WestKowloon : 24 February 2016

Comprising more than eighty works by fifty artists – including Ai Weiwei, Fang Lijun, Geng Jianyi, Huang Yong Ping, Zhang Peili, and Zhang Xiaogang – this is the first-ever chronological exhibition about the emergence of Chinese contemporary art. It shows both the development of Chinese contemporary art and a glimpse of the collection...

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