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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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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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