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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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'Blow Up' at Parafin Explores the Connections Between Photography and Painting

Lorena Muñoz-Alonso artnet First published on 8 July 2015

Jonathan Wateridge, Green Shorts (2015) Photo via: Parafin.

Parafin, one of the newest additions to the buzzing Mayfair gallery scene in London, has opened its first group show.

The exhibition, entitled Blow Up, is a tribute to the eponymous cult film that Michelangelo Antonioni directed in 1966.

The film narrates a disturbing murder story that takes place in the Swinging 60s London, with an unforgettable cameo appearance by a young Jane Birkin, in the nude. But the protagonist of the film is a fashion photographer—thought to have been inspired by 60s legend David Bailey—and at the heart of the story lies a profound meditation on the implications of image making, the power of photographic images, and the blurring boundaries between reality and fiction.

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