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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Zhu Xi

b. 1983, China

Zhu Xi was born in Shanghai in 1983. He graduated from the Shanghai Arts and Crafts College in 2002, and went on to complete a Bachelors degree in the Department of Comprehensive Art of China Academy of Art (CAA) in 2006, as well as a Masters degree from the CAA's School of Intermedia Art in 2012. Zhu's solo exhibition Song of the Conqueror was held in Macau in 2011, followed by his show Cold Rhyme (Beijing, 2013). His artworks consist of installation and painting, and employ a narrative language of symbols to allow for a remarkable level of clarity in storytelling, with a strong poetic element.

Featured Artworks

Laboratory for Metamorphosis by Zhu Xi contemporary artwork Zhu XiLaboratory for Metamorphosis, 2014 Iron, lightbulb, paper, butterfly, sugar, glass beaker, copper
85 x 65 x 25 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery
Diluted Landscape by Zhu Xi contemporary artwork Zhu XiDiluted Landscape, 2015 Ink on paper
126 x 135 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery
A.D. 117 by Zhu Xi contemporary artwork Zhu XiA.D. 117, 2011 Iron, Resin, Light Bulb, Violin Case, Metal
50 x 50 x 30 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Annals of Floating Island at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
22 July–27 August 2016 Group Exhibition Annals of Floating Island Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

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