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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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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.

In Related Press

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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