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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Kim Knight Stuff 4 February 2015
Dramatic work: Christine Webster's work, The Skeleton (1997), depicts dancer Douglas Wright, who created his work Elegy as a way to commemorate friends who died of Aids.

Every week, another funeral. Gravesides. Scattered ashes. An act of love, suddenly a conduit to fear and disease. In 1992, a record number of New Zealanders died of Aids. Artists responded. Implicated and Immune at Auckland's Fisher Gallery (now Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts) was a group exhibition praised for its "initiative, courage and commitment". This month, that show has its second incarnation. At a time when fewer people are dying of the disease but more are contracting it, artists are again responding. A who's who of the arts world - including some from that 1992 exhibition - have contributed to the exhibition that opened on Wednesday at Auckland's Michael Lett Gallery.

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