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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Janaina Tschäpe

b. 1973, Germany

Janaina Tschäpe completed a degree in fine arts in Hamburg and then undertook a residency programme in Salvador, Brazil. She had spent much of her childhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She went on to complete a Masters of Fine Arts in New York in 1997, where she continues to be based.

Over the past 15 years, Tschäpe has exhibited all over the world. Her practice has evolved from working in performance, and the mediums of photography and moving image to creating colour saturated painterly works. It has continued to demonstrate a fascination with the transformative and entropic despite changes in medium and process. This is particularly informed by the lushness and rampant character of nature in a tropical landscape found in northern Brazil. This is often related to mythical or fairytale narratives that have their origins in ancient myths. 



Tschäpe has exhibited at the IMMA, Dublin; the Rubin Museum, New York; the Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro and Jeu de Paume, Paris. She is also represented in many important public collections around the world. These include the Centre Pompidou, in Paris; The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in New York, amongst others. In Brazil her work can be seen at the Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporânea, Minas Gerais, Brasil. 
 

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Featured Artworks

WinterSkin by Janaina Tschäpe contemporary artwork Janaina TschäpeWinterSkin, 2018 Casein and watercolour pencil on canvas
174.6 x 204.5 cm
Sean Kelly
ShadowLake by Janaina Tschäpe contemporary artwork Janaina TschäpeShadowLake, 2018 Casein and watercolour pencil on canvas
350.5 x 285.8 cm
Sean Kelly
Kleine Nachtmusik by Janaina Tschäpe contemporary artwork Janaina TschäpeKleine Nachtmusik, 2018 Casein and watercolour pencil on canvas
356.2 x 287 cm
Sean Kelly
TicklemePink and PineGreen by Janaina Tschäpe contemporary artwork Janaina TschäpeTicklemePink and PineGreen, 2018 Casein and watercolour pencil on canvas
277.5 x 342.3 cm
Sean Kelly
HumidGray by Janaina Tschäpe contemporary artwork Janaina TschäpeHumidGray, 2018 Casein and watercolour pencil on canvas
276.9 x 475 cm
Sean Kelly
Swamp Eating the Moon by Janaina Tschäpe contemporary artwork Janaina TschäpeSwamp Eating the Moon, 2018 Casein and coloured pencil on canvas
196.5 x 232.1 cm
Sean Kelly
The Girl and The Swan by Janaina Tschäpe contemporary artwork Janaina TschäpeThe Girl and The Swan, 2017 Casein and coloured pencil on canvas
81.75 x 58.25 inches
Sean Kelly

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Janaina Tschäpe, HumidGray and ShadowLake at Sean Kelly, New York
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26 October–8 December 2018 Janaina Tschäpe HumidGray and ShadowLake Sean Kelly, New York

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Creating a series of major new paintings, Tschäpe's inaugural at Sean Kelly features canvases with increased scale and intensity. Expansive fields of color capture and reflect the alternately bold and delicate gestures the artist employs in their making. These suggestive, dreamlike landscapes are defined by a dynamic tension between the loose,...

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