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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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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
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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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