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Ocula ReportViewpoint: Arthur Jafa at Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin17 May 2018 : Federica Bueti for Ocula{{document.location.href}}
Arthur Jafa is a brilliant filmmaker, cinematographer and artist, whose practice is concerned with identifying and developing a specifically Black visual aesthetic. His work tackles the complexity of African-American cultural identity, as defined by an existential paradox that places the Black subject 'in essential intimacy with death', as Saidiya...
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Ocula ConversationAnya GallaccioArtist, United Kingdom{{document.location.href}}
Anya Gallaccio's practice is characterised by the twin notions of control and transition and, in particular, how each can be implemented and represented. Her approach often involves setting in motion a process and then letting go. Her use of materials that innately decay, melt, rot and transform, speak to the mutability of material and place. The...
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Ocula ReportIn Focus: Seeking Sanyu11 May 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula{{document.location.href}}
Sanyu's Still Life of Flowering and Fruit Plant with a Green Ground, an oil on masonite panel dated between 1950 and 1965, presents a plant brimming with aspirations of wealth, or in the artist's case, memories of it. Painted against a rich olive backdrop, Chinese symbols of good fortune, from peaches to pomegranates, grow from branches amid green...
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Born in Nuremberg in 1954, Kiki Smith is an artist of international prominence whose career has thus far spanned over three decades. Smith is a leading proponent of artists addressing philosophical, social, legal, and spiritual aspects of human nature. The artist lives and works in New York City. Smith is the 2009 recipient of the 50th Edward MacDowell Medal, and is also a recipient of the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture and the Athena Award for Excellence in Printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2005 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York. Smith's work can be seen in public collections around the world.

In 2003 The Museum of Modern Art, New York exhibited a survey of Smith's printed art, Kiki Smith: Prints, Books & Things. In 2005, Smith was honoured with the retrospective A Gathering: 1980-2005 at The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; which toured to The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and La Coleccion Jumex, Mexico City. The same year, to coincide with the Venice Biennale 2005, Smith produced an intervention at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia entitled Homespun Tales.

In 2008, Smith produced Her Home, a site-specific installation in collaboration with Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Museum Haus Esters. The exhibition, which toured to Kunsthalle Nürnburg in altered form, travelled once more to Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona in Spring 2009.

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