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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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João Vasco Paiva

b. 1979, Portugal

Born in Portugal in 1979, Paiva is a Hong Kong based artist whose practice is informed by the complex and chaotic characteristics of metropolises. A graduate from the Porto Arts Institute, João Vasco Paiva moved to Hong Kong in 2006 to complete a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Media. Upon graduation with distinction in 2008, Paiva set to create works in multiple mediums, which consistently explore how urban spaces may serve as catalysts for aesthetic production.

The sounds of bustling city streets, rushing metros, and densely constructed spaces are the inspiration for Paiva's work. At the core of his practice, he deconstructs complex urban environments to create a set of identifiable codes: a universal alphabet, one may say. He systematically documents, analyses, abstracts, and reduces these observations to create a codified interpretation that is simultaneously an artwork. The aim of Paiva's artistic process is about identifying a common language that reverberates both on a local urban level as well as on an international cosmopolitan level. It is about unveiling a linguistic system, which is shared by many countries and is intrinsic to our current age of hyper-modernity.

Paiva is considered one of Hong Kong's emerging contemporary artists and has exhibited in galleries from Hong Kong and Portugal, to the United Kingdom, Australia, Hungary, and New York. 

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Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, CONDO at Kate MacGarry, London
12 January–9 February 2019 Group Exhibition CONDO Kate MacGarry, London

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Balance sheets are often associated with commerce, budgets and number crunching. However, Edouard Malingue Gallery’s latest exhibit explores the idea of Balance Sheets in a creative context, taking a look at how we measure value between different fields on paper, along with the importance of balance when it comes to artistic...

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Taipei: The New Hub For Asian Art? Related Press Taipei: The New Hub For Asian Art? by Dana Ter / Taipei Times / 24 October 2014 : 31 October 2014

This year’s exhibition will showcase a variety of artwork created by Taiwanese and foreign talents, alongside educational and interactive workshops open to the public. Lin told the Taipei Times that in addition to the usual contenders from China, Japan and Korea, there will be more representation from Southeast Asia this...

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