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Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 Ocula Report Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 11 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

即将于2019年7月13开幕的第二届 Condo Shanghai,联合上海7座画廊/艺术机构与14 家来自全球11个不同的城市,如东京、首尔、雅加达、巴尔的摩、洛杉矶、伦敦、纽约、危地马拉城、利马和墨西哥城,为实验性展览营造了一个更切实可行的国际环境。以下是Ocula的展览看点。周奥,《景观/对象WA》(2016)。橡木上固化油墨打印,左: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,中: 121.92 × 152.4 cm,右: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,图片提供:马凌画廊,上海。马凌画廊 × 80m2 Livia Benavides × LABOR × Proyectos Ultravioleta马凌画廊 |...

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Wong Ping: Hong Kong Fables Ocula Conversation Wong Ping: Hong Kong Fables

There is something irrepressibly compelling about the lewd animated videos of Wong Ping. Is it their flat surfaces rendered in popping colours? Or their dark narratives that resonate with the deepest recesses of the human psyche? They have been included in an impressive repertoire of group exhibitions in recent years, including One Hand Clapping at...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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In its 58th iteration this year, the International Art Exhibition, better known as the Biennale Arte, or more colloquially as the Venice Biennale (11 May–24 November 2019) remains the world's premier biennial art exhibition. It is primarily staged in two venues—the Giardini Della Biennale, a 19th-century parkland made by Napoleon on the eastern edge of Venice, and the Arsenale, a historic shipbuilding complex known for its impressively long hallway—alongside other locations throughout the city.

This year, 89 participating national pavilions, with 30 in the Giardini, present the best examples of art their countries have to offer, while the curated International Exhibition brings together the works of 79 artists from around the world. This year's curator—Ralph Rugoff, currently Director of the Hayward Gallery, London—had each artist exhibit works in both the Giardini and the Arsenale. The Exhibition's title, 'May You Live In Interesting Times', is an English phrase that was invented in the early 20th century as a fake Chinese curse; Paolo Baratta, President of La Biennale di Venezia, describes the title as evoking 'the idea of challenge or even "menacing" times' or 'an invitation to always see and consider the course of human events in their complexity'.

This year's jury was headed by Stephanie Rosenthal, Director of the Gropius Bau in Berlin, and comprised of Defne Ayas, Curator-at-Large for V—A—C Foundation, Moscow; Cristiana Collu, General Director of the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome; Sunjung Kim, President of the Gwangju Biennale Foundation; and Hamza Walker, Executive Director of LAXART, Los Angeles.

The Golden Lion for Best National Participation was awarded to the Lithuanian Pavilion, whose performance piece Sun & Sea (Marina)—curated by Lucia Pietroiusti and executed by artists Lina Lapelyte, Vaiva Grainyte, and Rugile Barzdziukaite—transformed a room at the Arsenale into a beach lit by an artificial sun. As the audience watches from the balcony above, holiday-goers clad in swimsuits sing songs about daunting environmental disaster. The performance will take place every Saturday until 26 October; during the rest of the Pavilion's opening hours, the beach remains empty. A special mention in National Participation was awarded to the Belgian Pavilion for Mondo Cane, an installation by artists Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys featuring automated dolls in adjacent spaces that depict an orderly world of craftsmen on the one hand, and a world of zombies and poets on the other.

Arthur Jafa, the American filmmaker and artist known for his works embodying African American experience, is the winner of this year's Golden Lion for the Best Participant in the International Exhibition. His The White Album (2018), exhibited in the Giardini, is a 50-minute video that collages footage—drawn from YouTube, music videos, and the artist's personal archive, among other sources—of manifestations of white supremacy with footage of white people Jafa knows and cares for. Writing for Ocula Magazine, Mohammad Salemy noted that the film avoids 'falling into the trap of identity politics, by focusing on whiteness as a condition.' Jafa also has three sculptures in the Arsenale. Titled Big Wheel I, Big Wheel II, and Big Wheel III (2018), these sculptures are monumental monster truck tyres in chains.

The jury awarded the Silver Lion for a Promising Young Participant in the International Exhibition to Haris Epaminonda, the Cyprus-born and Berlin-based artist who showed her mixed-media installation VOL. XXVII (2019) in the Arsenale. Developing out of Epaminonda's found-object-based practice, the installation is composed of texts referring to different deities; black and white columns; and small statues of animals, among other things, neatly arranged against white walls and a white floor. Two special mentions were also awarded. One went to the Mexican artist Teresa Margolles, whose Muro Ciudad Juárez (2010) in the Giardini consists of a concrete wall with signs of bullets. She removed the wall from Ciudad Juárez as evidence of the drug violence present in Mexican cities. The other special mention went to Nigerian artist Otobong Nkanga for Veins Aligned (2018), a 26-metre-long sculpture in the Arsenale that extends the artist's exploration of the landscape and body.


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