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Ocula ReportLa dotta, la rossa, la grassa: the 42nd Arte Fiera, Bologna15 Feb 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula{{document.location.href}}
Bologna is a city with many names. First, there is 'la dotta' (or 'the learned one') in honour of its university, the oldest in the western world (established in the 11th century), which counts Petrarch, Copernicus, Dante and, more recently, the cult (and controversial) Bologna-born filmmaker, Pier Paolo Pasolini, among its alumni. Its second...
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Ocula ConversationCory ArcangelArtist, USA{{document.location.href}}
Going through Cory Arcangel's website feels like riding across waves of digital archaeologies, where things endlessly fold and unfold. The site meticulously presents every aspect of Arcangel's practice, including detailed information about exhibitions and artworks for which the artist has become known. These include his 'game modifications' (or...
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Ocula ReportBeyond the Zone: the 5th Material Art Fair15 Feb 2018 : Robert Ayers for Ocula{{document.location.href}}
Now in its fifteenth year, Zona Maco México Arte Contemporáneo (7–11 February 2018) is rightly regarded as one of the more important events on the international art fair circuit. Without a doubt, it is the grande dame of Mexico City's early-February Art Week, claiming to be 'the epicentre of collecting in Latin America'. But this year, fairgoers...
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Born in Malaysia and currently based in Japan, artist Kevin Chin explores how we create a sense of belonging within the ‘global village.’ With signature gentleness, he traverses cultural and sexual politics to discuss the fluidity of ‘home.’ His practice is based in oil painting, and crosses sculptural and photographic languages to open spaces between those remembered and imagined.

At once humorous yet filled with pathos and instability, Chin plays on our attempts to realise dreams for a better life, be it through migration, consumer travel, same-sex marriage, or home renovation. By re-assembling fragments of paradise with the domestic, he finds the otherworldly within the everyday.

Chin’s previous solo exhibitions at West Space, Linden, Kings and TCB were recently documented in a published catalogue, ‘Safe Hiding Spot,’ assisted by a City of Melbourne Arts Projects grant. The catalogue brings together essays on his work by esteemed art writers including Ashley Crawford, Dr Kevin Murray, and Dr Elizabeth Presa.

 

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