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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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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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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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Featured Artworks

A Document of Locks by Ravi Agarwal contemporary artwork
Ravi AgarwalA Document of Locks, 2009 Photographic work on archival paper
42 x 84 inches
Gallery Espace
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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