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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Yeh Shih-Chiang

b. 1926, China

Born in Guangdong province in 1926, Yeh Shih-Chiang studied at the Guangdong Art Academy headed at that time by artist and revolutionary Gao Jianfu, who believed in the revitalization of the Chinese painting language through an innovative infusion of modernist elements. At the age of 21, Yeh and two fellow students decided to take unofficial leave from the Academy and set out on an adventure to travel on foot from Guangdong to the Dunhuang Caves, sketching along the way. With the outbreak of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, they were forced to abort their plans and flee to Taiwan with thousands of other refugees caught in the fighting, but always with the intention of eventually returning to their homeland. In his first few years in Taiwan Yeh studied Fine Arts at the Taiwan Provincial Teachers´ College (now National Taiwan Normal University) in Taipei, where his talent and originality as a calligrapher and ink painter was immediately recognized. However, as time passed and the political rift between Taiwan and the PRC made return to his home impossible, Yeh grew increasingly reclusive and finally left the academy in Taipei to seclude himself in the countryside, steeped in an ascetic mode of life and a literati sensibility.

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Aboriginal Village 《原住民的家》 by Yeh Shih-Chiang contemporary artwork
Yeh Shih-ChiangAboriginal Village 《原住民的家》, Undated Ink on paper
65 x 41 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery
Plum Blossoms 《梅花》 by Yeh Shih-Chiang contemporary artwork
Yeh Shih-ChiangPlum Blossoms 《梅花》, Undated Ink on paper
41 x 65 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery
Steep Cliffs 《崖岸》 by Yeh Shih-Chiang contemporary artwork
Yeh Shih-ChiangSteep Cliffs 《崖岸》, Undated Ink on paper
41 x 65 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery
Plum Blossoms 《梅花》 by Yeh Shih-Chiang contemporary artwork
Yeh Shih-ChiangPlum Blossoms 《梅花》, Undated Ink on paper
41 x 65 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Yeh Shih-Chiang, Edge of Sea and Sky 海天無垠 at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
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22 March–3 June 2019 Yeh Shih-Chiang Edge of Sea and Sky 海天無垠 Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Yeh Shih-Chiang, A Singular Life at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
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21 April–4 June 2016 Yeh Shih-Chiang A Singular Life Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See 23 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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Johnson Chang on Yeh Shih-Chiang at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong Ocula Insight Johnson Chang on Yeh Shih-Chiang at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong 13 June 2016

‘He truly is a great discovery for the artworld outside Taiwan’ said Johnson Chang (Chang Tsong-zung) about Chinese artist Yeh Shih-Chiang. Chang, the founder and owner of Hanart TZ Gallery in Hong Kong has been showing the artist, first at the Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) with Illuminated Presence in November 2015, and then more...

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In Related Press

Taipei Biennial 2016: A new lexicon for the biennial Related Press Taipei Biennial 2016: A new lexicon for the biennial Art Agenda : 16 September 2016

The title of the tenth Taipei Biennial, Gestures and Archives of the Present, Genealogies of the Future, includes everything but the term hammered throughout the exhibition: history. Curated by Corinne Diserens, this biennial departs from the 2014 edition helmed by Nicolas Bourriaud on the theme of accelerationism. Where Bourriaud’s...

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In Video & Audio

Illuminated Presence: Yeh Shih-Chiang + Yeh Wei-li Related Video & Audio Illuminated Presence: Yeh Shih-Chiang + Yeh Wei-li Hong Kong Art Centre : 22 October 2015

In Illuminated Presence, Hong Kong Arts Centre presents a powerful and moving exhibition of works by the late Taiwan master painter and calligrapher YEH Shih-Chiang (1926-2012). The exhibition is accompanied by a new series of interpretative works by photography-based artist YEH Wei-Li from Taiwan, created in response to Yeh Shih-chiang’s...

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