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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History Ocula Conversation
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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere Latest Ocula Report Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere By Soo-Min Shim, Sydney

'This year's Biennale of Sydney seems like a corrective,' writes Soo-Min Shim, 'prioritising autonomy in an international exhibition format that has all too often omitted or sidelined First Nations artists.'

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Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 Ocula Insight Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 By Stephanie Bailey, London

In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .

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b. 1968, Australia

Michael Cook Biography

Michael Cook has quickly emerged as a contemporary indigenous artist. Since his first exhibition in 2010, Cook’s work has been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia, the Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Monash Gallery of Art, and the Universities of Western Sydney and Wollongong.

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After working as a freelance commercial photographer, Cook is now dedicating his time to creating work that develops a connection with his ancestry. An understanding of Australian history and its path through personal stories is developed though Cook’s photography. His works often re-stage stories told by communities and people that Cook finds inspiration in.

Michael Cook, Livin' the dream (BBQ), (2020). Inkjet print on archival Hahnemuhle cotton rag, 120 x 180 cm, edition of 8 + 2APs. Courtesy THIS IS NO FANTASY dianne tanzer + nicola stein. 

Michael Cook Featured Artworks

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Invasion (Laser Girls), 2018 by Michael Cook contemporary artwork
Michael CookInvasion (Laser Girls), 2018, 2018Inkjet print
135 x 200 cm
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein Enquire about this work
Invasion (UFO Possums) by Michael Cook contemporary artwork
Michael CookInvasion (UFO Possums), 2017Inkjet print, two sizes
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein Enquire about this work
Invasion (Kangaroo) by Michael Cook contemporary artwork
Michael CookInvasion (Kangaroo), 2017Inkjet print, two sizes
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Invasion (Giant Lizards) by Michael Cook contemporary artwork
Michael CookInvasion (Giant Lizards), 2017Inkjet print, two sizes
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Invasion (Giant Birds) by Michael Cook contemporary artwork
Michael CookInvasion (Giant Birds), 2017Inkjet print, 2 sizes
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Majority Rule, Bridge by Michael Cook contemporary artwork
Michael CookMajority Rule, Bridge, 2014Inkjet print
140 x 200 cm
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Majority Rule, Court by Michael Cook contemporary artwork
Michael CookMajority Rule, Court, 2014Inkjet print
140 x 200 cm
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Majority Rule, Senate by Michael Cook contemporary artwork
Michael CookMajority Rule, Senate, 2014Inkjet print
140 x 200 cm
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Michael Cook Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Michael Cook, Livin’ the dream at This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne
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1 April–9 May 2020 Michael Cook Livin’ the dream This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Kirsten Coelho, Michael Cook, Petrina Hicks, Lakin Ogunbanwo, Yhonnie Scarce, Jacqui Stockdale, Summer 2018 at This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne
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24 November–16 December 2018 Kirsten Coelho, Michael Cook, Petrina Hicks, Lakin Ogunbanwo, Yhonnie Scarce, Jacqui Stockdale Summer 2018 This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Michael Cook, Invasion at This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne
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28 July–18 August 2018 Michael Cook Invasion This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne

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Michael Cook In Ocula Magazine

Michael Cook at THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery, Art Basel in Hong Kong 2016 Ocula Insight Michael Cook at THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery, Art Basel in Hong Kong 2016

Michael Cook is a Brisbane-based photomedia artist of Bidjara heritage who has forged an international reputation as an artist with a significant vision. His photographic series,  Majority Rule was a stand out success at the 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire , 2014. In 2015 his work was exhibited in Personal...

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A report on Australian representation at the 56th Venice Biennale: 'All The World’s Futures' curated by Okwui Enwezor Ocula Report A report on Australian representation at the 56th Venice Biennale: 'All The World’s Futures' curated by Okwui Enwezor By Tess Maunder, Venice

On the 120th anniversary of its inaugural exhibition in 1895, Nigerian-born curator, Okwui Enwezor, has this year directed the 56th iteration of the Venice Biennale. Titled  All The World’s Futures , the exhibition is centred on re-articulating the politics of representation in the wake of colonialism. Since the nineties, the spike...

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Notes On Desire: The 19Th Biennale Of Sydney Ocula Report Notes On Desire: The 19Th Biennale Of Sydney By Stella Rosa McDonald, Sydney

" Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will ." George Bernard Shaw In 1879, a French postman named Ferdinand Cheval began building an esoteric homage to the beauty of sandstone. On one of his postal rounds, Cheval came across small pieces of...

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Dianne Tanzer Ocula Conversation Dianne Tanzer

Dianne Tanzer established her gallery, Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects in Melbourne, Australia in 1990. Established as an exciting platform for Australian contemporary art, it continues to deliver a robust exhibition program. This year the gallery is undergoing a significant shift as it joins forces with another Melbourne stalwart, Helen Gory...

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Michael Cook In Related Press

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Talk is Good, Action is Better Related Press Talk is Good, Action is Better 22 June 2018, The New York TImes

Talk is good, action is better. If there was one theme to emerge from our public discussions this week about race and politics in Australia and the United States, it was the idea that conversation must be a prelude to activity, not an end unto itself. What might that action look like? Let me tell you about Mark Nannup. After our event...

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Colony a celebration of the Indigenous voice Related Press Colony a celebration of the Indigenous voice 29 May 2018, The Age

History may be written by the winners but it is rewritten by the survivors. Even when brought up on the propaganda of a victorious culture, the vanquished and their descendants peep out from cracked old books and scrutinise the assumptions and complacency of the conqueror's story. In Colony , a large soul-searching show at the NGV, I see the...

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Artist Interview: Michael Cook Related Press Artist Interview: Michael Cook 20 August 2014, Alison Kubler for Manuscript / August 2014

Queensland-based photographic artist Michael Cook is having a rather good year. He was the critical hit of the largely lacklustre 19th Biennale of Sydney, and at present he is in enjoying three months in residence at the Australia Council studio in New York City. In addition, he is part of a large exhibition that starts in Queensland before touring...

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'My Country' Indigenous Australian Art In Auckland Related Press 'My Country' Indigenous Australian Art In Auckland 9 April 2014, Art Radar Asia / 04 April 2014

Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tāmaki, is exhibiting nearly 100 works by 40 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists from 28 March to 20 July 2014. The exhibition, which is New Zealand’s largest ever show of Aboriginal art, is called, My Country: Contemporary Art from Black Australia . It explores the artists’ connection with the land...

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