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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Kudzanai Chiurai

b. 1981, Zimbabwe

Kudzanai Chiurai is an internationally acclaimed young artist born in Zimbabwe. He was the first black student to graduate with a BA Fine Art from the University of Pretoria. Born one year after Zimbawe's emergence from white-ruled Rhodesia-Chiurai's early work focused on the political, economic and social strife in his homeland.

Chiurai has held numerous solo exhibitions since 2003 and has participated in various local and international exhibitions, including Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which acquired Chiurai's work for their collection. His Conflict Resolution series was included in dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel in 2012. His film Iyeza was one of the few African films to be included in the New Frontier shorts programme at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. Chiurai has held numerous solo exhibitions with the Goodman Gallery and has edited three publications with contributions by leading African creatives.

Featured Artworks

Untitled VI (Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong thought) by Kudzanai Chiurai contemporary artwork
Kudzanai ChiuraiUntitled VI (Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong thought), 2018 Mixed media on Saunders archival cotton rag paper
110 x 75 cm
Goodman Gallery
Black Vanguard Resource Centre by Kudzanai Chiurai contemporary artwork
Kudzanai ChiuraiBlack Vanguard Resource Centre, 2019 Oil and mixed media on canvas
150 x 120 cm
Goodman Gallery
Iyeza by Kudzanai Chiurai contemporary artwork
Kudzanai ChiuraiIyeza, 2011 Blu-ray DVD
Goodman Gallery
We Live in Silence I by Kudzanai Chiurai contemporary artwork
Kudzanai ChiuraiWe Live in Silence I, 2017 Pigment ink on fibre paper
150 x 193.5 cm
Goodman Gallery
Revelations V by Kudzanai Chiurai contemporary artwork
Kudzanai ChiuraiRevelations V, 2011 Exhibition print / Pigment inks on premium satin photo paper / Ultra chrome ink on Innova photo fibre paper
145 x 200 cm
Goodman Gallery
The Black President by Kudzanai Chiurai contemporary artwork
Kudzanai ChiuraiThe Black President, 2009 Ultrachrome ink on photofibre paper
150 x 100 cm
Goodman Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, I’ve grown roses in this garden of mine at Goodman Gallery, London
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3 October–2 November 2019 Group Exhibition I’ve grown roses in this garden of mine Goodman Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Acts of Reading at Goodman Gallery, Cape Town
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25 May–13 July 2019 Group Exhibition Acts of Reading Goodman Gallery, Cape Town

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How Important is Art as a Form of Protest? Related Press How Important is Art as a Form of Protest? Frieze : 3 April 2017

Given the current political climate, we here at frieze have been reflecting on the role of art in responding to conflict. With this in mind, we invited a cross-section of artists, curators and writers to answer two deceptively simple questions: ‘How important is art as a form of protest?’ and ‘How effective is it as a conduit of change?’ Responses...

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