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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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An Expression of the Divine: A Review of Martine Syms at the Graham Foundation

Hiba Ali Newcity Art First published on 12 January 2019

Exhibition view: Martine Syms, Incense Sweaters & Ice, Graham Foundation (2018). Courtesy the artist, Bridget Donahue, New York and Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Nathan Keay.

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 shapes digital participation and can also produce FOMO.

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