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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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Joana Vasconcelos

b. 1971, France

Kitsch and folk culture, everyday objects wrapped up in crochet; Vasconcelos creates objects that on one hand want to democratize art through articles of daily use and on the other hand criticize the consumer himself. Crochet in her works is a symbol of universal language, the women’s language. She demonstrates an antagonism between handcrafts produced in different cultures and consumer goods of modern society.
Vasconcelos’ partly humoristic works, like the chandelier made of OB tampons displayed at the Venice Biennale in 2005, was also exhibited the Museum of Modern Art in Istanbul.

Featured Artworks

Flâneur 2 by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork Joana VasconcelosFlâneur 2, 2016 88 x 60 x 54 cm La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach
Blue Rose by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork Joana VasconcelosBlue Rose, 2016 Stainless steel shower heads, handmade woollen crochet, fabrics, ornaments, polyester
246 x 95 x 47 cm
La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach
Valentao by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork Joana VasconcelosValentao, 2014 Ceramic and cotton lace
82 x 42 x 30 cm
La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach
Material Girl by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork Joana VasconcelosMaterial Girl, 2015 Handmade cotton hook, issues, LED, ornaments, inflatable structure, power, steel cable
525 x 935 x 2300 cm
La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach
Ria Formosa by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork Joana VasconcelosRia Formosa, 2017 Etching with blockprinting and hand colouring
80 x 101.5 cm
Paragon
Florence Nightingale by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork Joana VasconcelosFlorence Nightingale, 2014 Viuva Lamego hand printed tiles, handmade woollen crochet, ornamenets, polyester, MDF, iron
237 x 124 x 60 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries
Majestic Lion by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork Joana VasconcelosMajestic Lion Handmade woollen crochet, ornaments, polyester, on canvas, stucco, gold leaf, MDF, iron
149 x 219 x 50 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries

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Jupiter Artland – the evocatively named sculpture park nestled in a pocket of rural Scotland – has turned a decade old, and opened a fresh season last month with an ambitious new programme. Sprawling across 100 acres of lawns, meadows and woodland on Edinburgh’s fringe, the park is owned, funded and inhabited by collectors Nicky and Robert Wilson.

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In March 2015, acclaimed Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos had her first solo exhibition in China at the MGM Macau. Prior to this, she had brought site-specific installations to the Venice Biennale, Versailles (as the first and only female artist), the Tel Aviv Museum and the Manchester Museum. Her works bear quite a few prominent signatures....

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