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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Uji 'Hahan' Handoko's work is characterised by an ongoing tussle between 'high art' and 'low art'. Blurring realism with decoration, each work illustrates a point of contact that exists between urbanization and agrarianism, the East and the West or between the local and the global. Hahan incorporates film, music and street culture into a distinct visual language where the canvas explodes with bold colours that slip over strong outlines. The colour slippage adds to the sense of movement and spontaneity in what can be described as a topsy-turvy reality.

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Speculator #2 by Uji 'Hahan' Handoko Eko Saputro contemporary artwork Uji 'Hahan' Handoko Eko SaputroSpeculator #2, 2018 Embroidery on readymade fabric, canvas and lace
90 x 78 cm
ARARIO GALLERY

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Remembering, or Forgetting at ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul
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24 April–1 July 2018 Group Exhibition Remembering, or Forgetting ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul | Ryse Hotel

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While the cancellation of the biannual Melbourne Art Fair in 2015 appeared to some as a sign of the instability of the Australian commercial art market, for Sydney Contemporary it was good news. The fair opened on Thursday 7 September 2017 with a host of returning local and international galleries from across the Asia-Pacific region and closed with...

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The third edition of Art Central’s show in Hong Kong closed on Saturday, 25 March 2017. Timed to coincide with Swiss mega fair Art Basel Hong Kong, the younger art fair Art Central took place from the 21 to 25 March 2017 on the Central Harbourfront during Hong Kong Art Week. The fair was staged in a custom-designed 10,000-square-metre tent...

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