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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Prajakta Potnis

b. 1980, India

Potnis received her BFA and MFA from Sir J.J School of Art, Mumbai, India (1995/2002). Her multidisciplinary work spans painting, installation, sculpture and photography and investigates the porousness and interpenetrability of boundaries and binaries such as inside/outside, public/private, natural/engineered, and has been shown to critical acclaim in India and internationally in various museums/institutes, including Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2012); Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2011); Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania (2011); MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome (2011); Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, Paris, France (2011); HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark (2010); Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway(2009);  Essl Museum of Contemporary Art, Austria (2010); KHOJ International Artists’ Workshop, New Delhi (2009); KHOJ International Artists’ Workshop, Mumbai (2005); National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai (2002).  Solo exhibitions include time lapse, The Guild (2012), Porous Walls, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai (2008); Membranes and Margins, Em Gallery, Seoul (2008); walls- in- between, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai (2006).

Her work has been featured in significant publications including ‘The KHOJ Book of Indian Contemporary Art: 1997-2007’, Editor Pooja Sood (HarperCollins India Original, 2010);  ‘I’m Not There: New Art from Asia,’ Editor Cecilia Alemani (The Gwangju Biennale Foundation, 2010); ‘Younger than Jesus: The Artist Directory’ (New Museum and Phaidon, 2009).

Potnis is also the recipient of the major awards including the Sanskriti Award for Art (2010), the Inlaks Fine Arts award (2003-2004), and the Young Artist fellowship, from the Indian National Department of Culture (2001- 2003).

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There is no easy way to understand the phenomenon that is Indian contemporary art—and while an artist’s age may have little to do with it, it is often among the young artists, tucked away in residencies or working solo in studios, that we see conceptual analyses, experiments with procedure, innovation with material, and cultural engagement, all of...

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Gwangju Biennale art festival to open next week Related Press Gwangju Biennale art festival to open next week The Korea Times : 30 August 2016

The opening ceremony of the 2016 Gwangju Biennale, Asia's oldest contemporary art biennale, is set to kick off in the southwest city of Gwangju next week, the festival's foundation said Friday.During the ceremony, set to start at the plaza in front of the Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Halo at 6:40 p.m. Thursday, Park Yang-woo, chief of...

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The 11th Gwangju Biennale: An interview with Maria Lind, artistic director, and Michelle Wong, assistant curator Related Press The 11th Gwangju Biennale: An interview with Maria Lind, artistic director, and Michelle Wong, assistant curator My Art Guides : 29 August 2016

Could you tell us something more about the concept The Eight Climate (What does art do?), this year’s biennial theme?Maria Lind: Imagine that you are walking on a ramp leading from one floor to the next in a big exhibition space. In the corner of your eye you notice something on the long smooth white wall: in one place it looks like...

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The intangible art of gimjang Related Press The intangible art of gimjang Art Review : 29 August 2016

About two months ago, T and I went to Southwest London’s K-Town (otherwise known as New Malden, an area that has one of the largest communities of expat Koreans in Europe) in search of pickles. As we were exploring our way through plates of assorted preserved vegetables, with staff and fellow diners eyeing our particular menu choices, one...

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