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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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Wang Gongxin

b. 1960, China

Wang Gongxin is heralded with pioneering the video art movement in China and is a driving force in Chinese contemporary art today. Born in Beijing in 1960, Wang Gongxin trained as an oil painter in a socialist-realist style, but in 1987 he was selected for a visiting scholarship program at the State University of New York and the experience led to a profound change in his artistic approach. During his time in New York, the artist encountered the video and multimedia work of pioneering artists including Bill Viola, Nam June Paik and Bruce Nauman; and upon returning to Beijing in the mid 1990s, he began to produce video art. Gongxin is now considered a driving force in China's avant-garde movement and is credited as one of the first artists to have created a site-specific video installation in China in the mid-1990s. As a first generation Chinese video artist, Wang Gongxin has commented that his concerns are ‘social’ and concerned with political and social issues, as well as history and tradition.

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Wang Gongxin Ocula Conversation Wang Gongxin Artist, China

The pioneering video works of Wang Gongxin heralded the rise of the video art movement in China, and he remains a force in Chinese contemporary art today.Born in Beijing in 1960, he belonged to the first generation of art students after the Cultural Revolution and trained as an oil painter in the Socialist-Realist style. In 1987 he was...

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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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“Rotation”: Chinese multimedia artist Wang Gongxin’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong at White Cube Related Press “Rotation”: Chinese multimedia artist Wang Gongxin’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong at White Cube Art Radar : 31 October 2017

Hailed as a pioneering video artist in China, he is one of the first to use digital editing in his practice. His solo exhibition in Hong Kong runs at White Cube until 11 November 2017. Rotation is Chinese artist Wang Gongxin's first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. The artist is known for his video art, and is one of the pioneers in using recording...

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Preview: 9 highlights from Art Basel Hong Kong 2017 Related Press Preview: 9 highlights from Art Basel Hong Kong 2017 Art Radar Journal : 22 March 2017

This year Art Basel Hong Kong features strong representation from galleries with bases in Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, as well as from Hong Kong and Mainland China. Out of the new galleries participating this year, ten are from Asia: A+ Contemporary, Bank, C-Space, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, imura art gallery, Jhaveri...

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At the Shanghai Biennale, a Desire to Disrupt the Status Quo Related Press At the Shanghai Biennale, a Desire to Disrupt the Status Quo Hyperallergic : 25 January 2017

A gigantic metallic structure resembling a crashed airplane beckons from the second level of the vast Shanghai Power Station of Art that is host to the 11th edition of the Shanghai Biennale. Designed by the Chinese collective MouSen+MSG, the structure is titled The Great Chain of Being – Planet Trilogy (2016), and you can actually venture inside...

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'WHY NOT ASK AGAIN?': SHANGHAI BIENNALE ADDRESSES CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES, WITH SPECTACLE AND GRACE Related Press 'WHY NOT ASK AGAIN?': SHANGHAI BIENNALE ADDRESSES CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES, WITH SPECTACLE AND GRACE ARTNews : 22 January 2017

A case can be made that the Shanghai Biennale, widely regarded as a perfunctory affair, too disorganized and lackluster to justify its existence, now has the potential to intelligently introduce international contemporary art into a scene until recently dominated by Chinese art. And this year, that goal seems within reach, under the curatorial...

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