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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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Rashid Rana

b. 1968, Pakistan

Developing a conceptually driven practice that maintains a pixelated attention to formal concerns, Rashid Rana has emerged as a leading figure among Pakistan's younger artists.

First educated at the National College of Art, Lahore, and earning an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Rana also studied fashion design in Paris in 1996. Born in Pakistan, he now divides his time between Toronto and Lahore, where he is on the Faculty at the School of Visual Arts, Beaconhouse National University.

In works that suggest a simultaneous exploration of media and identity bound by a political edge, Rana satirizes pop culture, transforms symbols of traditional Muslim daily life, and reinterprets elements of art and cultural history. 

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There is no End | In conversation with Rashid Rana on #LahoreBiennale01 Related Press There is no End | In conversation with Rashid Rana on #LahoreBiennale01 ArtNow Pakistan : 20 July 2017

The greatest challenge in art today is not novelty rather contextualizing of expression. Defying the two fold binary present in the nature vs. culture discourse, where artistic practice explores either to serve as mimesis or self exploration, one observes a polarity developing in the world of high art today. This polarity is innately instigated by...

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Rashid Rana honored with the 2017 Asia Arts Award Related Press Rashid Rana honored with the 2017 Asia Arts Award ArtAsiaPacific : 31 March 2017

Pakistani artist Rashid Rana was awarded the Asia Society’s 2017 Asia Arts Award, which took place on March 23 in Hong Kong. The prize celebrates artists and art professionals for their significant contributions to contemporary art in Asia. Rana is known for his sculptures, videos and photographs that address topics including gender representation,...

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'I'm not a journalist': Pakistani neo-miniaturist Imran Qureishi Related Press 'I'm not a journalist': Pakistani neo-miniaturist Imran Qureishi Art Radar Journal : 30 January 2017

Imran Qureshi was born in 1972 and grew up in Hyderabad, Sindh Province before settling in Lahore, where he is still based. Soft-spoken, thoughtful and deeply engaged with the sociopolitical context of his country, Qureshi talks to Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen in a revealing video for the Louisiana Channel, focusing on his exhibition Idea of...

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'Enactments and each passing day': South Asian moving image art at Kiran Nader Museum of Art Related Press 'Enactments and each passing day': South Asian moving image art at Kiran Nader Museum of Art Art Radar Journal : 17 November 2016

The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) has come up with their first exhibition Enactments and each passing day: An exhibition of moving images solely dedicated to the challenging and powerful medium of video art. A compilation of works by 15 contemporary artists ranging from young and dynamic practitioners like Shilpa Gupta, Rohini Devasher and...

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