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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 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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Yoshitaka Amano Biography

Yoshitaka Amano is a multidisciplinary Japanese artist who, in a career spanning over four decades, found success as a character designer, illustrator, scenic designer, and costume designer. Influenced by Western comic books, Japanese woodblock prints, and art nouveau, Amano has become known for the vibrant use of colour and distinctive thin line work that form his alien-like caricatures.

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Beginning his career as a character designer for animation series such as Speed Racer and Gatchaman (G-Force), Amano later extended his practice by illustrating magazines and books, such as the Vampire Hunter D series, in the early 80s, and exploring stage and costume design. Amano’s skill lies in his ability to allude to particular narratives in his illustrations of his science-fiction characters. This is arguably the most important aspect of his comic or animation work.

Iconic characters created by Amano -  such as Gatchaman, The Time Bokan, and Hutch the Honeybee - have cemented the artist’s position as a leading creative in Japan and worldwide. Amano is celebrated as a successful artist both within the world of fine art and the world of qnimation. His most notable works have included commissioned illustrations for the acclaimed Final Fantasy video-game series, which has become one of the most successful games of all time.

Yoshitaka Amano’s art is held in collections at the Uenonomori Museum, Tokyo; the Orlean Museum of Art, France; the Barbican Centre, London; The Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York; and the Kunstverein Heilbronn, Germany. In 2013, Amano was selected to present work at the 55th Venice Biennale. He has been the recipient of the Seiun Award five times and, in 1999, received the Bram Stoker Award for his illustrations for Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: The Dream Hunters. In 2010 he established a film production company, Studio Devaloka.

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