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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See 6 Sep 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Xu Qu

b. 1978, China

Xu Qu graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts from Nanjing Art Institute in 2002, and continued his study at the Braunschweig University of Art, Germany, under Prof. John Armleder and Brigit Hein. In 2008, he was awarded the title of Meisterschüller, and returned to Beijing as an installation artist with a range of concerns. His work engage performative actions which attempt to reorganise and heighten spaces of artistic production. This reveals the inherently relational character of artistic exchange. Recently his work has utilised painting and lighting to reconfigure spatial and temporal experience. This is also explored in his installation for Taikang Space in Beijing, where the viewer's movement acts as a catalyst for critique.

His work has been exhibited extensively in Beijing, China; Australia; Germany and Basel, Switzerland.

Featured Artworks

Time of Violence by Xu Qu contemporary artwork
Xu QuTime of Violence, 2014 brass forged corrosion, iron base
195 x 192 x 50 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Ural by Xu Qu contemporary artwork
Xu QuUral, 2016 Acrylic and decolorizer on canvas
200 x 250 cm
Almine Rech
Coconut Graveyard by Xu Qu contemporary artwork
Xu QuCoconut Graveyard, 2011 video
Duddell's
Currency Wars-pound 5 old by Xu Qu contemporary artwork
Xu QuCurrency Wars-pound 5 old, 2015 Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
150 x 158 cm
Almine Rech
Currency Wars-pound 5 new by Xu Qu contemporary artwork
Xu QuCurrency Wars-pound 5 new, 2015 Acrylic on canvas
150 x 158 cm
Almine Rech
Marocco old by Xu Qu contemporary artwork
Xu QuMarocco old, 2014 Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
158 x 150 cm
Almine Rech
Marocco new by Xu Qu contemporary artwork
Xu QuMarocco new, 2014 Acrylic on canvas
158 x 150 cm
Almine Rech

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Xu Qu, Xu Qu at Almine Rech, Brussels
Closed
8 October–14 November 2015 Xu Qu Xu Qu Almine Rech, Brussels

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ZHONGGUO 2185 at Sadie Coles HQ Related Press ZHONGGUO 2185 at Sadie Coles HQ ArtAsiaPacific : 27 October 2017

For Zhongguo 2185 at Sadie Coles HQ in London, curator Victor Wang brought together ten Chinese artists born after 1970 for a presentation that looked to the future. The show's theme was rooted in the ideas of science fiction author Liu Cixin, whose 1989 novel Zhongguo 2185, in which six computer-resurrected brains, including that of Mao Zedong,...

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'Digging a Hole in China': exploring Land Art in the context of Chinese contemporary art Related Press 'Digging a Hole in China': exploring Land Art in the context of Chinese contemporary art Art Radar : 21 April 2016

Land is the subject of a large-scale show at OCAT Shenzhen entitled Digging a Hole in China (20 March – 26 June 2016) which features a variety of media and works by over a dozen contemporary Chinese artists executed from 1994 onwards. In this inaugural show at OCAT Shenzhen, since her appointment as Artistic Director in August 2015,...

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“Digging a Hole in China”: exploring Land Art in the context of Chinese contemporary art Related Press “Digging a Hole in China”: exploring Land Art in the context of Chinese contemporary art Art Radar : 18 April 2016

Land is the subject of a large-scale show at OCAT Shenzhen entitled Digging a Hole in China (20 March–26 June 2016) which features a variety of media and works by over a dozen contemporary Chinese artists executed from 1994 onwards. In this inaugural show at OCAT Shenzhen, since her appointment as Artistic Director in August 2015, curator Venus...

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Beyond Ai Weiwei: how China's artists handle politics (or avoid them) Related Press Beyond Ai Weiwei: how China's artists handle politics (or avoid them) The New Yorker : 30 March 2015

In a gallery in Hong Kong’s Chai Wan district last week, during the city’s third annual installment of the international Art Basel fair, the Beijing-based artist Huang Rui introduced a new live work called Red Black White Grey. At the start of the performance, four affectless women walked onstage wearing trench coats, then disrobed one...

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Artshare Interviews Artist Xu Qu Related Video & Audio Artshare Interviews Artist Xu Qu Artshare : 29 May 2015

Xu Qu graduated with a MFA in Fine Arts and Film at Braunschweig University of Art, and currently lives and works in Beijing. Xu Qu's art practice investigates aesthetic considerations behind social connections. He attempts to dismiss any unnecessary elements that distract from the theme, using a minimalist approach to simplify the picture. The...

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