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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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Takashi Murakami and Tobias Berger Talk Murakami Ocula Conversation
In Collaboration with Tai Kwun Contemporary
Takashi Murakami and Tobias Berger Talk Murakami

For three months from 1 June to 1 September 2019, Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong showcases MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI, a major survey exhibition of the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Curated by Tobias Berger, head of art at Tai Kwun, and Gunnar B Kvaran, director of Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, the exhibition spans the three floors of Tai Kwun's...

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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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Suzanne Lacy

b. 1945, USA

Suzanne Lacy is widely regarded as a pioneer of socially engaged and public art. Working across installation, video and performance, Lacy confronts issues relating to gender identity, sexual violence, labour, poverty, incarceration, racism, aging and youth culture. Often working in collaboration with members of communities and other artists, Lacy's projects merge art with activism, generating dialogue and providing a conduit for change.

In 2016 Lacy was commissioned by Super Slow Way to create Shapes of Water - Sounds of Hope in Pendle, Lancashire. Engaging deeply with the cultural and spiritual history of the area, Lacy worked in collaboration with residents, community organisations such as Building Bridges Pendle, artist collective In-Situ, activists Paul Hartley and Rauf Bashir, musicologist Ron Pen, and anthropologist Massimiliano Mollona. The project took shape as a series of community meetings and workshops that brought together textile workers from England and Pakistan, former employees at the Brierfield Mill that had closed ten years prior. Shapes of Water - Sounds of Hope used shape-note singing and Sufi chanting as a means to reconnect individuals through the collective production of a performance.

For the 21st Biennale of Sydney at Cockatoo Island Lacy presents The Circle and the Square, 2016, a multipart audio-visual installation that represents the culmination of the two-year Shapes of Water - Sounds of Hope project. The Circle and the Square was made over three days in September 2016, when residents came together in the cavernous empty spaces of the Brierfield Mill. The film captures participatory lessons in shape-note singing, an American musical tradition with origins in Lancashire, that brings people together in a square formation to sing spirituals. The film also features Sufi chanting, where people sit in a circle and chant divine words and phrases to form sound vibrations and rhythms that are thought to have the power to heal and elevate the soul. Also presenting interviews with local residents in the abandoned mill, The Circle and the Square explores the intertwined histories of labour and migration and the social and economic repercussions of the demise of the textile industry.

Tai Spruyt and Stephanie Berlangieri | Biennale of Sydney Exhibition Team | 2018
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