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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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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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Pae White

b. 1963, USA

A California native, Pae White is a multimedia artist known for reinterpreting familiar encounters and ordinary items—like animals, books, advertisements, shopping bags, and plants—and revealing what she calls the "artfulness" of the natural and the everyday. She employs ornate craftsmanship along with inventive materials to create objects and installations that transcend traditional boundaries between art and design.

Nature is a recurring theme in her work, as is the transformation of space to engage an audience. For her prominent display in the 2009 Venice Biennale, White transformed part of the 13th century Arsenale into a colorful aviary and hired Venetian bird callers to summon the city's birds. For the 2010 Whitney Biennial, Pae createdStill, Untitled, one of her celebrated smoke tapestries made of large-scale photographic images that capture the subtle shades, curving lines, and elusive qualities of smoke. These works are emblematic of her fascination with exposing the beauty and visual complexities of the quotidian using a material that contrasts with the subject's natural form. 

Beyond her participation in these exhibitions, White has established an international career, with recent solo shows at kaufmann repetto, Milan, Italy (2011); Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium (2009); neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany (2008); greengrassi, London, England (2008); and Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (2006), among others. Articles on her work have appeared in Frieze,Tema Celeste, Contemporary, Art Monthly, and Artforum. In addition she has designed publications and advertisements for a number of museums, galleries, and magazines.

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Featured Artworks

UNLOST by Pae White contemporary artwork
Pae WhiteUNLOST, 2018 Screenprint with multi-colored flocking on paper
63 x 63 x 4 cm (incl frame)
Small Fountain by Pae White contemporary artwork
Pae WhiteSmall Fountain, 2017 Split fountain screen print on G.F Smith 350gsm gray paper
29.5 x 29.5 cm
MOTHERFLOCKER UPPERCASE A-Zed by Pae White contemporary artwork
Pae WhiteMOTHERFLOCKER UPPERCASE A-Zed, 2018 Installation
189 x 567 x 4 cm

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