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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Martine Syms

b. 1988, USA

Martine Syms (b. 1988, Los Angeles (CA)) obtained a MFA from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson (NY) (2017) and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (IL) (2007). Syms has earned wide recognition for a practice that combines conceptual grit, humour and social commentary. Using a combination of video, installation and performance, often interwoven with explorations into technique and narrative, Syms examines representations of blackness and its relationship to vernacular, feminist thought, and radical traditions. Syms's research-based practice frequently references and incorporates theoretical models concerning performed or imposed identities, the power of the gesture, and embedded assumptions concerning gender and racial inequalities.

Featured Artworks

Aunty (6) by Martine Syms contemporary artwork Martine SymsAunty (6), 2018 Painted steel chair, woven polyester strap
94 x 45 x 72 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
Aunty (1) by Martine Syms contemporary artwork Martine SymsAunty (1), 2018 Painted steel chair, woven polyester strap
94 x 45 x 72 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
Relax Your Jaw (13) by Martine Syms contemporary artwork Martine SymsRelax Your Jaw (13), 2018 Printed dance flooring
365.8 x 182.9 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
Three Sheet by Martine Syms contemporary artwork Martine SymsThree Sheet, 2019 Archival pigment print on sintra
203.2 x 104.1 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
Half Sheet by Martine Syms contemporary artwork Martine SymsHalf Sheet, 2019 Archival pigment print on sintra
55.9 x 71.1 cm
Sadie Coles HQ

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Martine Syms, Grand Calme at Sadie Coles HQ, London
Closed
6 September–20 October 2018 Martine Syms Grand Calme Sadie Coles HQ, Kingly Street

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Martine Syms Ocula Conversation Martine Syms Artist, Los Angeles

Martine Syms is a Los Angeles-based artist who is gaining critical attention for works that explore the relationship between black creative cultures and contemporary digital media. She opened her solo exhibition Fact & Trouble at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts in April 2016, and is currently showing in group exhibitions across...

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