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Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ Ocula Conversation Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ Stephanie Bailey, Singapore

STPI's Emi Eu reflects on S.E.A. Focus, an STPI project platforming artists and galleries from Southeast Asia, in the wake of Art Stage's decline in 2019 and ahead of the launch of Singapore's new art fair, Art SG, in October 2020.

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New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata: Shows to See Ocula Report New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata: Shows to See Kanika Anand, New Delhi

With India Art Fair set to open amid nationwide protests, Kanika Anand introduces shows in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata that express shifting socio-political identities, modes of resistance, and explorations of place-making.

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Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Ocula Insight Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Phoebe Blatton, Berlin

Images from abroad , Lada Nakonechna's solo exhibition at Galerie EIGEN + ART in Berlin, considers the barriers that exist between depictions of conflict and their viewers.

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b. 1949, New Zealand

Mark Adams Biography

Mark Adams is one of New Zealand’s foremost documentary photographers. His work on Samoan Tattau, Maori-Pakeha interactions in and around Rotorua, and the documentation of Cook’s landing sites reflect his engagement with our postcolonial Pacific history.

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“His work is an engagement with the deep artful, bloody and inextricably complicated histories of colonialism in the Pacific”. Nicholas Thomas, in Cook’s Sites

Mark Adams travels to the places where Cook landed in the South Pacific, instilling a haunting sense of presence to these sites, Adams photographically commemorates the instant of encounter, defining it as a moment of discovery, violence and mutual reciprocity. For this series Mark also focuses on key historic sites illustrated by painters William Hodges and John Webber who accompanied Cook on his voyages. His portrayal allows us to look out from these paintings and reassess the history of these culturally loaded locations. As Adams has often said, he likes to invert the colonial gaze, highlighting the complications of representation.

Mark Adams' Land of Memories series is also concerned with the layers of meaning inscribed into the landscape by our culture. Taken with signature long exposures, they appear painterly and ghostly, emphasising the temporal nature of the images and the fluidity of meaning associated with these places.

His works have been shown at in the Auckland City Gallery, Te Papa-Museum of New Zealand, The Brisbane Museum, The Adam Gallery Wellington, Sydney Museum, Zelda Cheatle Gallery London, The National Library Canberra, Sao Paolo Biennale 1997 and many other major museums.

Mark Adams Featured Artworks

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19.2.1997. Mangungu Wesleyan Mission Hokianga. Treat Site Series. by Mark Adams contemporary artwork
Mark Adams19.2.1997. Mangungu Wesleyan Mission Hokianga. Treat Site Series., c. 1997Silver bromide photograph
20 x 24 inches
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28.11.1995. Johann Reinhold Forster collection, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford by Mark Adams contemporary artwork
Mark Adams28.11.1995. Johann Reinhold Forster collection, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, 2015silver bromide hand prints enlarged from 10 x 8 inch Kodak TMX400 negatives, 2 prints,
60 x 51 cm
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25.5.1995. Astronomers Point. Totara stumps and regenerating forest. Tamatea-Dusky Sound. After Russell Duncan by Mark Adams contemporary artwork
Mark Adams25.5.1995. Astronomers Point. Totara stumps and regenerating forest. Tamatea-Dusky Sound. After Russell Duncan, 2017silver bromide hand prints enlarged from 10 x 8 inch Kodak TMX400 negatives, 3 prints,
60 x 51 cm
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19.5.1995. Northeast Point, Indian Island; Site of first contact. Tamatea- Dusky Sound by Mark Adams contemporary artwork
Mark Adams19.5.1995. Northeast Point, Indian Island; Site of first contact. Tamatea- Dusky Sound, 2017silver bromide hand prints enlarged from 10 x 8 inch Kodak TMX400 negatives, 3 prints,
60 x 51 cm
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12.12.1995. Motuara Island. Totaranui-Queen Charlotte Sound. After Russell Duncan by Mark Adams contemporary artwork
Mark Adams12.12.1995. Motuara Island. Totaranui-Queen Charlotte Sound. After Russell Duncan, 2017silver bromide hand print enlarged from 10 x 8 inch Kodak TMX400 negatives,
60 x 51 cm
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25.5.1995. The Observatory. Astronomers Point. Totara stumps and regenerating forest. Tamatea-Dusky Sound. After Russell Duncan by Mark Adams contemporary artwork
Mark Adams25.5.1995. The Observatory. Astronomers Point. Totara stumps and regenerating forest. Tamatea-Dusky Sound. After Russell Duncan, 2017silver bromide hand prints enlarged from 10 x 8 inch Kodak TMX400 negatives, 3 prints,
60 x 51 cm
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14.5.1995. Cascade Cove, Tauwhare, Rock shelter and Midden excavation. Tamatea-Dusky Sound by Mark Adams contemporary artwork
Mark Adams14.5.1995. Cascade Cove, Tauwhare, Rock shelter and Midden excavation. Tamatea-Dusky Sound, 2017silver bromide hand prints enlarged from 10 x 8 inch Kodak TMX400 negatives, 3 prints,
60 x 51 cm
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Mark Adams Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Mark Adams, Areta Wilkinson, Repatriation at Two Rooms, Auckland
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20 September–20 October 2018 Mark Adams, Areta Wilkinson Repatriation Two Rooms, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Landscape 2017 at Page Galleries, Wellington
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6–31 July 2017 Group Exhibition Landscape 2017 Page Galleries, Wellington
Contemporary art exhibition, Mark Adams, Views from Astronomer's Point at Two Rooms, Auckland
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2 June–8 July 2017 Mark Adams Views from Astronomer's Point Two Rooms, Auckland

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The surprising links between Brexit and Oceania art exhibition Related Press The surprising links between Brexit and Oceania art exhibition 20 October 2018, New Zealand Herald

The Telegraph described it as an "ambitious and astonishing exhibition" while Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones declared he didn't just like the art but wanted to live in the world it portrays. He also speculated that modernist masters like Picasso were more influenced by Oceanic art than we might have previously realised. The...

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