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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Ch.ACO's Tenth Edition in Transformation Ocula Report Ch.ACO's Tenth Edition in Transformation 1 Dec 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

It was a bold decision to stage the tenth edition of Chile Arte Contemporaneo, or Ch.ACO (22–26 November 2018), in the semi-open-air spaces of a PazCorp real estate project in the upscale suburb of Vitacura. (Since 2016, different buildings undergoing renovation or construction have hosted the fair, mostly around Vitacura.) This concrete...

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Looping The Loop: Reflecting On Art Basel In Basel Ocula Report Looping The Loop: Reflecting On Art Basel In Basel 25 Jun 2014 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

Another year, another three Art Basels, and Art Basel’s home edition opened as if the boom days Hans Mayer recalled in a story about a Paladino painting passing hands four times in a few hours—increasing its value by five—had returned. “She’s literally remaking the readymade,” one gallerist gushed, as if...

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Review: 13 Rooms, Kaldor Public Art Projects Ocula Report Review: 13 Rooms, Kaldor Public Art Projects 25 Apr 2013 : Tess Maunder for Ocula

13 Rooms marks the 27th program Australia's Kaldor Public Art Projects has produced. It's fitting for Kaldor and international curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Klaus Biensenbach to collaborate, as each figure is identified by their longstanding attention to large-scale projects, working with international artists. 

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Art Basel Stages '14 Rooms', An Exhibition Of 'Live Art' Related Press Art Basel Stages '14 Rooms', An Exhibition Of 'Live Art' Gareth Harris for The Financial Times / 13 June 2014 : 17 June 2014

A tousled blonde temptress gyrates her hips, her gaze fixed on your face. The masked, bruised body moves suggestively in front of a mirror, grinding her body to a Lady Gaga track. The nightmarish dancer turns even more menacing, uttering: “My mother is dead. My father is dead. I’m gay. I’d like to be a poet. This is my...

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Photo-Essay : Street Art Museum, Santiago, Chile Related Press Photo-Essay : Street Art Museum, Santiago, Chile by Clemence Douchez-Lortet / The Santiago Times : 29 December 2013

In September 2010 in the working-class borough of San Miguel in Santiago a painting goes up on a drab, windowless wall in block of ubiquitous buildings on the outskirts of the capital. But this is not another piece of graffiti which will further blight the housing estate, it is the first of 37 murals which, over the next three years, will bring...

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