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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See 20 Sep 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging artists...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Shilpa Gupta

b. 1976, India

Shilpa Gupta was born in Mumbai and received a BFA in sculpture from the Sir J. J. School of Fine Arts, Mumbai, in 1997. Gupta is interested in perception, and in the ways in which we transmit and understand information. Using mediums that range from manipulated found objects to video, interactive computer-based installation, and performance, her work often engages with television and its constant flow of meaning. Shifting the primary status of art from object-based commodity to participatory experience, Gupta creates situations that actively involve the viewer.

Gupta is drawn to how objects, places, people, and experiences are defined, and asks how these definitions are played out through the processes of classification, restriction, censorship, and security. Her work communicates—across cultures—the impact of dominant forces acting on local and national communities, prompting a reevaluation of social identity and status. There is no explosive here (2007), a communal experiment in fear, encourages the viewer to exit the gallery carrying a bag imprinted with the statement “there is no explosive here.” The dynamic between object, carrier, and public challenges stereotypical anxieties about safety in a public context. Also driven by audience participation is Threat (2009), a wall made of bars of soap that mimic the appearance of bricks and are imprinted with the single word of the title. Each viewer is invited to take a bar home so that the wall slowly disappears and, as each bar is used, the embossed “threat” is neutralized and eventually erased. In Speaking Wall (2010), the gallery visitor wears headphones while standing on a narrow row of bricks that abuts one wall. A recorded voice directs the actions of the viewer/listener, whose role shifts to that of participant, while discussing the redrawing of borders and the arbitrary nature of identity. Again, Gupta questions the concretization of imagined demarcations and divisions.

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Featured Artworks

I Will Die by Shilpa Gupta contemporary artwork
Shilpa GuptaI Will Die, 2012 Print on mirror and embroidered curtain on metal rod
147 x 104 x 12.5 cm
Galería OMR
Untitled (There is No Border Here) by Shilpa Gupta contemporary artwork
Shilpa GuptaUntitled (There is No Border Here), 2005–2006 Wall drawing with self adhesive tapes
300 x 300 cm
Galería OMR
"...and she said his cook had a runny nose" by Shilpa Gupta contemporary artwork
Shilpa Gupta"...and she said his cook had a runny nose", 2013 Brass
22 x 31 cm
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke

Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Who Writes? at Galería OMR, Mexico City
Open Now
6 September–2 November 2019 Group Exhibition Who Writes? Galería OMR, Mexico City
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Collector's Focus: Tarana Sawhney Online Viewing Room at David Zwirner, New York
Closed
30 January–18 February 2019 Group Exhibition Collector's Focus: Tarana Sawhney Online Viewing Room David Zwirner
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Touched by Bhupen at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
Closed
29 November 2013–28 February 2014 Group Show Touched by Bhupen Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

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TarraWarra International 2019: Tracing Tangible Shadows Ocula Report TarraWarra International 2019: Tracing Tangible Shadows 28 Jun 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

Everyone I encounter along my journey asks: 'Where are you based?''On my feet,' I answer.'Where are your feet based then?''Feet are never based,' I say.This haunting voiceover from Hiwa K's video, Pre-Image (Blind as the Mother Tongue) (2017), follows the artist retracing a journey that he made when he was 25 years old, fleeing Iraq and...

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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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Serge Tiroche Ocula Conversation Serge Tiroche Co-founder, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection

With an ultra slick website that enables easy navigation of its 400 plus artworks from many of the leading artists of today, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection is unique in its focus and ownership structure. Established in 2011 by Serge Tiroche and Russ DeLeon, the collection is focused on artworks by both recognised masters, and emerging talent from...

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Melissa Chiu Ocula Conversation Melissa Chiu Senior Vice President, Global Arts & Cultural Programs, Asia Society

Asia Society recently played host to some of the most significant institutional figures in the art world, including Glenn D. Lowry (Director of The MoMA New York), Caroline Collier (Director, Tate Modern), Yuko Hasegawa (Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo) and Lars Nittve (Executive Director, M+, Hong Kong).  These figures...

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Art in the dark: Dark Mofo Related Press Art in the dark: Dark Mofo Art Guide Australia : 17 June 2019

Now in its seventh year, Dark Mofo transforms Hobart into a red-hued spectacle of art, food and music. In addition to new Mona exhibitions Mine by Simon Denny, Siloam, Gorillas in Our Midst, and Kirsha Kaechele's Eat the Problem, Dark Mofo's 2019 program pushes a hefty dose of visual art into the nooks and vacant spaces of Hobart's CBD.

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Edinburgh Art Festival: from laments for Syria to close-up magic Related Press Edinburgh Art Festival: from laments for Syria to close-up magic iNews : 6 August 2018

August: the month Edinburgh is aflame with comedians and spoken word performers vying to out-taboo one another. Amid such faux courage comes a reminder of the real danger of speaking freely: in the cause of love and beauty as well as politics.

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'Drawing in the Dark': Indian artist Shilpa Gupta at Bielefelder Kunstverein, Germany Related Press 'Drawing in the Dark': Indian artist Shilpa Gupta at Bielefelder Kunstverein, Germany Art Radar Journal : 4 June 2017

On 17 August 1947, Sir Cyril Radcliffe, as chairman of the Boundary Commissions formed following India's independence from British rule, made official the demarcation lines that would separate India from Pakistan. The Radcliffe Line, as it was known, developed out of a need to equitably distribute tracts of land according to religious difference...

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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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