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Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global Ocula Conversation Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global

French gallerist Almine Rech-Picasso opened her first space in Asia on Shanghai's historic Bund in July this year, bringing her eponymous gallery's total locations to five. The Shanghai gallery occupies roughly 4,000 square feet on the second floor of the three-storey Amber Building, a beautiful warehouse space, originally occupied by the Central...

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From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut Ocula Report From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut 8 Nov 2019 : Nat Muller for Ocula

There's an inside joke amongst the team of Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts: that every time an edition of its biennial forum on cultural practices is planned, a national crisis happens. The eighth edition of Home Works was no different: it opened on 17 October amidst the most devastating wildfires that Lebanon had witnessed...

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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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Reza Afisina

b. 1977, Indonesia

Reza Afisina was born in 1977 in Bandung, Indonesia. He studied cinematography—specifically sound recording for film and documentary features—at Jakarta Institute of the Arts, Indonesia (1995–99). He was an artist in residence at KHOJ International Artists’ Association, New Delhi, in 2004. Afisina is a member of the Jakarta-based artists’ collective ruangrupa (est. 2000), a nonprofit organization focused on supporting art initiatives in an urban context through research, collaboration, workshops, exhibitions, and publications. He served as the program coordinator for ruangrupa from 2003–07 and has been the artistic director of their ArtLab since its inception in 2008.

Employing video, perfomance, and installation, and often using his own body in his work, Afisina explores the manifestations and meanings of physical and emotional pain. In his performance and video An Easy Time With Parenthood (2008), a text from Julio Cortazar’s short story Las babas del diablo is tattooed on the artist’s arm alongside a biblical text in Latin. Experimenting with word as image, Afisina theorizes that pain is not only indicative of violence, but can also function as a reflection of honesty, freedom, and even happiness. His earlier video My Chemical Sisters (2004), which depicts cosmetics ingredients against images of advertising models, explores pain in a different way. Made mostly from chemicals, the cosmetics here embody a disjunction between our desire for physical perfection and the toxins we employ in the hope of achieving it. Afisina’s later installation, Letters to International Curators (2008), departs from his established thematic to focus instead on the concept of written and personal interaction and the communicative limits of language. The exhibited work consists of documentation of a series of exhibition proposals by the artist that was sent to curators of his acquaintance worldwide.

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In Related Press

Charles Esche on the 2015 'Jakarta Biennale' Related Press Charles Esche on the 2015 'Jakarta Biennale' Flash Art : 12 November 2015

The 2015 Jakarta Biennale, titled Maju Kena, Mundur Kena: Bertindak Sekarang (Neither Forward nor Back: Acting in the Present), runs from November 15, 2015, through January 17, 2016.Charles Esche, director of the Van Abbemuseum, is collaborating with six emerging Indonesian curators to question what it means to act as artists and cultural...

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Art & Jakarta with artist Reza Afisina Related Press Art & Jakarta with artist Reza Afisina Whiteboard Journal : 9 August 2015

Reza Afisina, also known by the name "Asung" is an aclaimed artist from Indonesia's contemporary art scene. His work covers video, performance and installation and have been included in numerous exhibitions worldwide. Whiteboard Journal had a chance to visit his home to talk about performance art, the development of contemporary art...

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Jakarta Biennale aims to embrace global vision Related Press Jakarta Biennale aims to embrace global vision The Jakarta Post : 26 June 2015

The upcoming Jakarta Biennale is expected to move forward and apply some changes to its original concept. These changes are hoped to make the event one of the world’s most important international artistic gatherings.Renowned British art curator and author Charles Esche will act as lead curator for this year’s Biennale, and has said...

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Palais de Tokyo's Secret Archipelago of Southeast Asian Art Related Press Palais de Tokyo's Secret Archipelago of Southeast Asian Art Blouin ArtInfo : 16 April 2015

Paris’s Palais de Tokyo is hosting a major exhibition of South-East Asian art as part of the Singapour en France – le festival which celebrates 50 years of Singapore-France diplomatic relations and Singapore's Golden Jubilee. Titled “Secret Archipelago,” the exhibition is curated by Khairuddin Hori and is at the Palais...

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