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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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Takashi Murakami and Tobias Berger Talk Murakami Ocula Conversation
In Collaboration with Tai Kwun Contemporary
Takashi Murakami and Tobias Berger Talk Murakami

For three months from 1 June to 1 September 2019, Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong showcases MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI, a major survey exhibition of the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Curated by Tobias Berger, head of art at Tai Kwun, and Gunnar B Kvaran, director of Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, the exhibition spans the three floors of Tai Kwun's...

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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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Polly Borland

b. 1959, Australia

Polly Borland's photographic practice has straddled commercial/photographic documentary, and fine art practice, and is characterised by an edgy sensibility that lends her images tension and resonance. Her concerns have included identity, the outcast, beauty and ugliness. Drawn to the weird and wonderful, Borland’s left-of-centre approach transforms the ordinary, even banal, into the extraordinary.

Polly Borland was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. She moved to the UK in 1989, and by this time she was already established as a leading portrait photographer, particularly with her work for Australian Vogue. Borland worked for newspaper supplements including the Independent on Sunday Review and the Daily & Sunday Telegraph Magazines as well as Vogue, Elle, Arena and Dazed & Confused in the UK and The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Details in the US.

Her first book, The Babies, is a photographic study of adult babies or infantilists, and was published in 2001 with an accompanying essay by Susan Sontag. In that same year she was one of eight photographers chosen to photograph the Queen for her Golden Jubilee. In 2000 and 2001 Borland completed the series Australians, documenting the role of Australians in British culture, which included the portraits of people as diverse as singer Kylie Minogue and the vice-chancellor of Cambridge University Sir Alec Broers.

In her most recent body of work entitled Bunnys, Borland photographs a real-life giant woman called Gwen that is accompanied by a seductive short poem by Nick Cave and a modern fairytale by Will Self. The book takes the viewer through an assemblage of images, which explore femininity and deconstruct the idea of the Playboy bunny girl in today's world, peppered with cynicism and skepticism.

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In Related Press

Hotel Windsor to become a contemporary art hub for Spring 1883 Related Press Hotel Windsor to become a contemporary art hub for Spring 1883 The Weekly Review : 14 August 2016

A sculpture in the bathtub, a horse on the couch and a disco in the loo are just some of the ways artworks have been exhibited at what is emerging as Melbourne’s most exciting art fair.The Hotel Windsor is, once again, about to be transformed by SPRING 1883, a high-end contemporary art show to be held as part of Melbourne’s Art...

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Polly Borland: Shooting From The Margins Related Press Polly Borland: Shooting From The Margins Kylie Northover for The Sydney Morning Herald / 05 April 2014 : 11 April 2014

In the essay accompanying Polly Borland's new book, YOU, fellow artist Tony Clark talks of the inspiration of the opportunity shop in Australian art, and its role, particularly, in Borland's work.''I hadn't actually thought of that before, but that is a great angle,'' says Borland, in Melbourne for the launch of the...

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