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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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Manal AlDowayan

b. 1973, Saudi Arabia

Manal AlDowayan is a Saudi artist, living and working in Dubai, UAE and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Born in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia in 1973.

Embracing diverse media, Manal AlDowayan's work encompasses black and white photography, sculpture, video, sound, neon and large-scale participatory installations. Her artistic practice revolves around themes of active forgetting, archives, and collective memory, with a large focus on the state of Saudi women and their representation.

She has documented social groups like the oil men and women of Saudi Arabia in her project, If I Forget You Don't Forget Me, and has addressed the impact of mass media on propagating intentional erasing of identities in her project Crash, highlighting the unnamed Saudi teachers dying in car crashes across Saudi Arabia. Her participatory projects have attracted hundreds of women to use art as a new platform to address social injustice like Tree of Guardians, Esmi-My Name, and Suspended Together.

In 2014 she was a recipient of a research Fellowship from NYU AD and was invited in early 2015 to the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida. Manal has shown her work in Prospect 3 New Orleans - The American Biennale (2014/15), in collateral shows at the Venice Biennale (2009/11), and at Museums around the world like Gawngju Museum in South Korea, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, The Victoria and Albert Museum in UK, and Mathaf Museum of Modern Arab Art in Qatar. Her art works are part of public collection at the British Museum, LA County Museum, Louisiana Museum, and Mathaf.

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Featured Artworks

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Totem 6 (Curtains) by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanTotem 6 (Curtains), 2019 Natural linen, ink, foam
54 x 60 x 60 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Suspended Palms II by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanSuspended Palms II, 2019 Brass, twill, hemp thread and porcelain
220 x 14 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Suspended palms V by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanSuspended palms V, 2019 Brass, twill, hemp thread and porcelain
220 x 14 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
I am an architect by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanI am an architect, 2007 Silver gelatin print
51 x 41 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Just Paper (Group I) by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanJust Paper (Group I), 2019 Silkscreen on porcelain and jute
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Just Paper (Group II) by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanJust Paper (Group II), 2019 Silkscreen on porcelain and jute
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Just Paper (Group III) by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanJust Paper (Group III), 2019 Silkscreen on porcelain and jute

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Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Suspended Palms II by Manal AlDowayan contemporary artwork
Manal AlDowayanSuspended Palms II, 2019 Brass, twill, hemp thread and porcelain
220 x 14 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Manal AlDowayan, What Is And What Has Been at Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid
Closed
12 January–12 February 2019 Manal AlDowayan What Is And What Has Been Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madera, 23
Contemporary art exhibition, Manal AlDowayan, Watch Before You Fall at Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid
Closed
12 January–30 March 2019 Manal AlDowayan Watch Before You Fall Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Sallaberry, 52
Contemporary art exhibition, Manal AlDowayan, And I, Will I Forget? at Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid
Closed
11 January–26 February 2017 Manal AlDowayan And I, Will I Forget? Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madera, 23

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