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Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Ocula Conversation Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director

Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern 29 Nov 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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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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Mariam Ghani

b. 1978, Uzbekistan

Ghani's work has been exhibited internationally, including at dOCUMENTA (13), Sharjah Biennials 9 and 10, the 2005 Liverpool Biennial, Museum of Modern Art New York, Tate Modern London, and the National Gallery in Washington, DC. She was recently part of the Dhaka Art Summit 2016. Ghani has been awarded the NYFA and Soros Fellowships, grants from Creative Capital, Art Matters, the Graham Foundation, CEC ArtsLink, NYSCA, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and the Experimental Television Center, and residencies at LMCC, Eyebeam Atelier, Smack Mellon, the Akademie Schloss Solitude, and NYU's Asian/Pacific/American Institute.

Ghani's work often plays on the relationships between place, memory, history, language, loss, and reconstruction. Like Water from a Stone (2013), a collaboration between Ghani and performer/choreographer Erin Ellen Kelly, was produced during a residency in Stavanger, a coastal city known as the 'Oil Capital of Norway'. The series depicts some histories and myths of this pre-oil period on a roughly geological timeline, ranging from seaside rock formations formed by Ice Age glacier pressure to Viking rock graves to bunkers constructed during the German occupation to finally conclude in an urban playground made from repurposed oil rig equipment. By siting performances in landscapes that are simultaneously sublime and awful, existing on a scale that overpowers most human endeavor, _Like Water from a Stone _echoes the imagery of Norwegian Romantic Nationalist painters and Northern European folk tales.

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In Related Press

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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Unfolding a Scene Related Press Unfolding a Scene Art Asia Pacific : 11 May 2016

What do you talk about when you talk about the body? One might say the physical body, its expanse, the politics, the perimeters, the idea of “body,” or perhaps the body in relation to conflict, in all its meanings, in its every reach. What does a body do with and in conflict? The sites that the body occupies—in its multiple, fluid...

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