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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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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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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
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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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In Related Press

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Lismore Castle serves up a rich palimpsest of themes for new show Related Press Lismore Castle serves up a rich palimpsest of themes for new show The Art Newspaper : 5 April 2019

Palimpsest—a manuscript or document where the original writing has been erased and written over but which still bears the traces of what was there before—is the title of the main show at Lismore Arts.It is an appropriately multilayered theme for a show housed in Lismore castle, the Irish home of the Dukes of Devonshire, which dates...

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An Expression of the Divine: A Review of Martine Syms at the Graham Foundation Related Press An Expression of the Divine: A Review of Martine Syms at the Graham Foundation Newcity Art : 12 January 2019

As we watch, Syms cues us in on our personal performance of moving through the space. The role of surveillance is not static but one that constantly shifts through different apparatuses, ultimately reminding us that surveillance is all about vantage points. Syms makes us feel like we are at the karaoke party, suggesting how optics of surveillance...

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Martine Syms Related Press Martine Syms 4Columns : 4 January 2019

A funny thing happened while I was researching Martine Syms, whose solo exhibition, Incense Sweaters & Ice, is currently on view at the Graham Foundation in Chicago. The thirty-year-old artist, who lives in Los Angeles, is something of a hot ticket these days, with standout turns in big group exhibitions like the Hammer's Made in L.A. biennial...

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'Fear and desire for connection and the blocks to it': artist Martine Syms on her exhibition 'Grand Calme' Related Press 'Fear and desire for connection and the blocks to it': artist Martine Syms on her exhibition 'Grand Calme' It's Nice That : 20 September 2018

Now, Grand Calme is a full body immersion into Sym’s interior world. The artist’s neurotic, chaotic internal narrative is laid bare across the gallery’s four walls in a visual threat map—a digital diagram of potential threats and vulnerabilities in a software system.

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