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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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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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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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Laurence Aberhart

b. 1949, New Zealand

Laurence Aberhart is possibly New Zealand’s most pre-eminent photographer. Active since the mid-seventies he is renowned for his frontally composed images of cemeteries, street fronts, churches, Masonic Lodges and marae in New Zealand. His photographs are created with an eight by ten inch film plate camera, using long exposures. He rarely photographs people, apart from members of his immediate family.

Aberhart’s images of disappearing vernacular architecture and monuments have a romantic quality and the subtle distortions of the long exposures amplify a melancholic sense of loss. Later less brooding images have more humour from found signage and coincidental juxtapositions, and celebrate a clearer penetrability of space. Building interiors seem to acquire personalities, becoming psychological metaphors for the human condition.

Aberhart is sought after for exhibitions and collections all over the world due to a distinctive intensity achieved through his haunting iconography, frontal compositions and in-depth interest in many cultures.

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Laurence Aberhart'S New Book, 'Anzac' Related Press Laurence Aberhart'S New Book, 'Anzac' New Zealand Herald / April 19, 2014 : 20 April 2014

Photographer Laurence Aberhart's new book, Anzac, honours the war memorials scattered around New Zealand and Australia, many of them now ignored or forgotten

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