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Aesthetic Radicalism in 'Awakenings’ at Singapore’s National Gallery Ocula Report Aesthetic Radicalism in 'Awakenings’ at Singapore’s National Gallery 21 Jun 2019 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s–1990s, a major retrospective at Singapore's National Gallery (14 June–15 September 2019), opens emphatically in flames. At the exhibition's entrance, viewers encounter a wall-sized image from 1964 titled Burning Canvases Floating on the River. The photograph captures a performance by Lee, in which he took...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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'Sites Encountered': A Chorus of Five Artists at M+ Pavilion Ocula Report 'Sites Encountered': A Chorus of Five Artists at M+ Pavilion 21 Jun 2019 : Emily Verla Bovino for Ocula

Without punctuation, She Said Why Me, the title of May Fung's 1989 video presents itself as a statement, rather than a question. It suggests a subject who expects no response, a person prepared to make what she can from being chosen though perplexed by the attention. The video follows a blindfolded woman, then unmasked, through late colonial-era...

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Ravi Agarwal

b. 1958, India

Ravi Agarwal is a photographer artist, writer, curator and environmental activist. He explores issues of urban space, ecology, capital in an interrelated ways working with photographs, video, performance, on-site installations and public art. Agarwal has participated in several international shows including Documenta XI (Kassel 2002), Sharjah Biennial 11 (2013); ‘Zones of Contact propositions for the Museum’, co-curated by Vidya Sivadas, Akansha Rastogi, Deeksha Nath, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Noida, 2013; ‘The Needle on the Gauge: The Testimonial Image in the works of Seven Indian Artists’,curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Contemporary Art Centre of SA, Adelaide, Australia, 2012; ‘Newtopia’, curated by Katerina Gregos, various Museum venues, Mechelen, Belgium, 2012; ‘Critical Mass, Contemporary Art from India’, curated by  Rotem Ruff, Tel Aviv Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel, 2012; ‘ZNE!, Examples to Follow’, curated by Adrienne Goehler, traveling exhibition, Berlin, Mumbai, Adis Ababba, Beijing; ‘Horn Please,’ Kunstmuseum, Bern, 2007; ‘Indian Highway’ (2009); ‘Generation in Transition,’ National Gallery of Art, Warsaw & Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania; ‘The Eye is a Lonely Hunter, Images of Humankind,’ at Fotofestival Mannheim_ludwigshafen_Heidelberg; ‘After the Crash’ at Museo Orto Botanico, Rome; his recent solo show being ‘Of Value and Labour’, The Guild, Mumbai; ‘Flux: dystopia, utopia, heterotopia,’ Gallery Espace, New Delhi. Agarwal recently co-curated a twin city public art project, Yamuna-Elbe.Public.Art.Outreach. He writes extensively on ecological issues, and is also founder of the leading Indian environmental NGO, Toxics Link. He is an engineer by training.

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Boy in Blue Striped Shirt by Ravi Agarwal contemporary artwork
Ravi AgarwalBoy in Blue Striped Shirt, 2017 Series of 20 photographic prints (variable installation)
Gallery Espace

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