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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History Ocula Conversation
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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere Latest Ocula Report Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere By Soo-Min Shim, Sydney

'This year's Biennale of Sydney seems like a corrective,' writes Soo-Min Shim, 'prioritising autonomy in an international exhibition format that has all too often omitted or sidelined First Nations artists.'

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Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 Ocula Insight Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 By Stephanie Bailey, London

In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .

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b. 1974, Germany

Wolf Hamm Biography

In his painting, Wolf Hamm visualises a pictorial universe that encompasses people's private relationships, mythical narratives, and socio-historical processes. He uses surreal alienation as a cipher to make complex connections in the real world visually comprehensible. The partly fantastic, narrative images thus become projection surfaces which Hamm uses to comment on the zeitgeist, the state of the world, and the human condition in general.

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Born in Delmenhorst with Finnish roots, Hamm juxtaposes narration and myth as layers of meaning. The examination of the family as a social structure serves as a thematic starting point and source of inspiration. The family unity appears mysterious and tender, confronted in the same breath with primal fears of separation and loss. Hamm's work has something substantial–everything is about knowledge, truth, and freedom. His virtuoso painting becomes an instrument for commenting on the world and offering the viewer possible outlooks. With a critical look at our civilisation, Hamm shows us the tragedy we are moving towards–sometimes in subtle tones, sometimes with a bang of the drum; but he also shows us which values are necessary to prevent us from an 'apocalypse'. Hamm uses his painterly language to translate these relations into complex structures rich with symbolism, representation, and also abstraction, whereby overlapped and superimposed pictorial scenes characterize his work.

For many years, Hamm's preferred technique has been painting behind glass, as this technique renders highly brilliant colours, thus making the images desirable, so that they entice the viewer to deal with deep contents and questions. Furthermore, the technique of painting with acrylic paint behind acrylic glass necessitates a deeper level of knowledge in the artist's working method–he constantly has to think of his motifs being mirrored and 'seen from the other side'.

Text courtesy Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art.

Wolf Hamm Featured Artworks

Von Augenblick zu Augenblick by Wolf Hamm contemporary artwork
Wolf HammVon Augenblick zu Augenblick, 2018Acrylic behind acrylic glass
34.8 x 29.6 cm
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Die Uhr hat zwölf geschlagen by Wolf Hamm contemporary artwork
Wolf HammDie Uhr hat zwölf geschlagen, 2018Acrylic behind acrylic glass
50 x 40 cm
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(Katze mit Hirsch) by Wolf Hamm contemporary artwork
Wolf Hamm(Katze mit Hirsch), 2011Acrylic behind acrylic glass
40 x 40 cm
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Acryl hinter Acrylglas by Wolf Hamm contemporary artwork
Wolf HammAcryl hinter Acrylglas, 2014Acryl hinter Acrylglas
205 x 305 cm
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Wolf Hamm Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhbition, The Secret of Things. Painted Pieces at Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Düsseldorf
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16 November 2018–2 February 2019 Group Exhbition The Secret of Things. Painted Pieces Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Düsseldorf
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Thank you for the Flowers at Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Düsseldorf
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6 July–1 September 2018 Group Exhibition Thank you for the Flowers Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Düsseldorf

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