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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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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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Haluk Akakçe

b. 1970, Turkey

Haluk Akakçe is one of the most prominent names in contemprary Art, describes himself as a performer and artist which works give the feeling of space and infinite time. Akakçe’s work varies in a wide range of media, from video installations, wall paintings, and acrylic on panel and paper. Akakçe graduated with a BFA from Bilkent University, Ankara, in Interior Architecture, a MA from the Royal College of Art, London and a MFA from the School of the Art Instıtute of Chicago with a first.

After having exhibited his first solo show in 1997, in Chicago, he pursued working between London and New York. He exhibited his work in some of the most important Art centers in the world, including: the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, 2002), PS-1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City (New York, 2001) New Museum, (New York, 2002), Tate Britain (London, 2004) Chelsea Art Museum (New York, 2007), Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Kunsthaus Graz (Graz-Austria, 2008) and Istanbul Modern Museum (Istanbul, 2009).

Amongst the distinguished biennials and festivals he took part in, there is the 25. Sao Paulo Biennal ”Metropolitan Iconographies”, 2002, “Painting at the Edge of the World” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the 6. Istanbul Biennal under the curation of Paolo Colombo. In 2006, upon the governor’s invitation, Akakçe realized on Fremont Street, Las Vegas the “Sky is the Limit” project, which consisted of a projection on the world’s biggest Viva Vision LED screen. Following this work that extended onto four blocks in the city center of Las Vegas, Akakçe was invited by the Louis Vuitton brand to exhibit his video installation in the Maison Louis Vuitton Champs-Elysées.

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