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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Saâdane Afif

France

Defined as ‘post-conceptual’, Saâdane Afif’s work is about interpretation, exchange and circulation. It takes multiple forms (performance, objects, sculptures, text, posters and works in neon) with the exhibition as a pretext for production or activation. For a show in Essen in 2004, he asked Lili Reynaud Dewar to write a song inspired by his artwork; this was the beginning of the series called Lyrics for which he displaces his authorship and collaborates with other artists or writers. The texts or statements are often transferred to the walls using holographic self-adhesive paper. Afif’s practice is rooted in music: scores, instruments, amplifiers, speakers, microphones, concerts are part of his vocabulary or media. Other recurring interests include the passing of time (skulls, clocks), appropriation, remakes or repetitions and the displacement of meaning, and the critique of institutions. In 2010 Afif wrote: “My work today does not rely on the object: it is developed through the accumulation or interweaving of elements that can be more or less visible.”
 
Recent solo exhibitions include Là bas, Kunsthaus Glarus, 2014; Ici, Leopold-Hoesch-Museum & Papiermuseum, Düren, 2014, From the collection: Saâdane Afif Technical Specifications, Room 2, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, 2014 and Blue Time, Blue Time, Blue Time…, Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne. Saâdane Afif’s work was included in Documenta 12 in 2007 and the 56th International Exhibition of the Venice Bienniale in 2015. The artist won the Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2009, which led to an exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, in 2010. Blue Time vs. Suspense, 2007 was his first exhibition at Xavier Hufkens.
 
Saâdane Afif was born in Vendôme, France, in 1970. He lives and works in Berlin.

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Featured Artworks

FA.0116 by Saâdane Afif contemporary artwork
Saâdane AfifFA.0116 Torn out page from book, magazine or other written document, framed
36 x 28.5 x 3.5 cm (incl frame)
Xavier Hufkens
FA.0113 by Saâdane Afif contemporary artwork
Saâdane AfifFA.0113 Torn out page from book, magazine or other written document, framed
36 x 28.5 x 3.5 cm (incl frame)
Xavier Hufkens
FA.0055 by Saâdane Afif contemporary artwork
Saâdane AfifFA.0055 Torn out page from book, magazine or other written document, framed
37.5 x 31 x 3.5 cm (incl frame)
Xavier Hufkens
Black Hole by Saâdane Afif contemporary artwork
Saâdane AfifBlack Hole, 2008 Mixed media
Xavier Hufkens
More, More by Saâdane Afif contemporary artwork
Saâdane AfifMore, More, 2008 Mixed media
Xavier Hufkens
This is the way you and I measure the world by Saâdane Afif contemporary artwork
Saâdane AfifThis is the way you and I measure the world, 2008 Plexiglass two-way mirror, metal, motor, strap
Xavier Hufkens

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Golden Jubilee: Art Brussels Ocula Report Golden Jubilee: Art Brussels 27 Apr 2018 : Denis Maksimov for Ocula

At the entrance of the fiftieth anniversary edition of Art Brussels (19–22 April 2018), Iván Navarro's Sediments (2017) at Galerie Templon's booth offered an appropriate 'welcome' into the bottomless world of an art fair—a world map rendered in lights that infinitely stretch into a void by way of an illusion created with mirrors. At La...

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The Art Newspaper's pick of the 2019 Venice Biennale Related Press The Art Newspaper's pick of the 2019 Venice Biennale The Art Newspaper : 30 April 2019

There are hundreds of exhibitions in Venice during the Biennale. Alongside the main exhibition in the Giardini and Arsenale, there are 90 national presentations, many in nearby pavilions in the Giardini and in spaces around the Arsenale, but also dotted throughout Venice. Then there are the official collateral exhibitions in museums and galleries,...

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