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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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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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Lida Abdul

b. 1973, Afghanistan

Video and performance artist, Lida Abdul’s work confronts the reality of life as a refugee, scrutinizing the tension between the loss of place of origin and the survival of culture and identity. Her most well known works suggest possible reinterpretations of architecture and its relation to cultural identity. Reflecting on the physical changes to her home in Afghanistan, Abdul's videos fuse Islamic, Buddhist and Hindu with western formal aesthetics. Born in Kabul, she lived in Germany and India as a refugee, before relocating to Los Angeles, where she is currently based.

She has had solo exhibitions at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (2008) and the Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2005). Abdul has participated in the Göteborg International Biennial (2007) and the Bienal de São Paulo (2006) and represented Afghanistan in its first pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia (2005).

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