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Ocula ReportInto the Blue: Dhaka Art Summit 201823 Feb 2018 : Himali Singh Soin for Ocula{{document.location.href}}
'Water is declared the territory of citizenship', whispers a voice in Ursula Biemann's film Deep Weather (2013). A camera pans the Canadian Arctic's tar sands—a series of toxic lakes and darkened swelling seas—then moves seamlessly to the shores of Bangladesh, where climate refugees repeat the futile act of moving heaps of sandbags to...
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Ocula ConversationTouria El GlaouiFounder, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair{{document.location.href}}
Between 24 and 25 February 2018, the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will take place at La Mamounia, a historical hotel in the centre of Marrakech. This will be the fair's first edition on the African continent, and will feature 17 galleries from Denmark, France, Italy, the UK, the US, Morocco, Côte d'Ivoire and Nigeria, representing some 60...
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Ocula ReportSame, but different: the 10th India Art Fair23 Feb 2018 : Gayatri Uppal for Ocula{{document.location.href}}
Launched in 2008 by Neha Kirpal with just 34 participating galleries, the India Art Fair was initially known as the India Art Summit before rebranding in 2011. Initially seen as an experiment, early editions were held at Pragati Maidan, a permanent exhibition centre in New Delhi, before moving in 2012 to the larger outdoor location offered by the...
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Wang Luyan was a member of the avant garde Stars, a group of young Chinese conceptual artists in the late 1970s who radically called for artistic freedom in intellectual pursuits in post-Mao China. In the 80s he was a founding member of New Movements, a collective who, inspired by Western philosophies, used analytic geometry to explore the potential for communication and perception. This systematised method of making avoided the erratic tendencies of painterly abstraction, yet the group's success almost forced the artist out of practice. His recent works are slick paintings depicting modern devices, such as watches or rollerblades, as well as weapons branded with a large 'W.' These weapons are instruments of self-destruction, which Wang aligns with the relentless forward motion of time.

Trained as a mechanical engineer, he is also a moralist, highly critical of China’s newly competitive, materialistic society. “In the 1960s and ’70s there were no choices,” he says. “Every family had one watch, one bicycle, one sewing machine. Now there are many choices and brands. People are confused.”

 

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