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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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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #7: 29 October–11 November 2018 Ocula Insight
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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #7: 29 October–11 November 2018 15 November 2018

Culling together artistic and curatorial practices from across Asia, a continent of plural histories and multiple fictions, is no easy task. Especially when that continent has also spawned worldwide diasporas comprising multivalent, transnational artists continually crisscrossing spatial and temporal borders. The effectiveness of Asia Contemporary...

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Qinmin Liu Q&A with Curator Xin Wang Ocula Insight
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Qinmin Liu Q&A with Curator Xin Wang 15 November 2018

Moving between her bases in the United States and China, Qinmin Liu questions the structures that define her identity through long-form, playful projects. The farcical nature of the elitist lifestyle synonymous with the global art market is the focus of her ongoing project 'AngelHaha', the first artist-run airline. The 'dream-driven business' was...

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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #6: 15–26 October 2018 Ocula Insight
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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #6: 15–26 October 2018 5 November 2018

In the final two weeks of October, there seemed to be a shift of focus in the 13th edition of Asia Contemporary Art Week's (ACAW) exhibitions in New York. Beginning on 15 October with Kuwaiti artist Monira Al Qadiri's evening of film and conversation with Assistant Curator Sophie Cavoulacos at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the fortnight's shows...

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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #5: 11–17 October 2018 Ocula Insight
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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #5: 11–17 October 2018 2 November 2018

Far from slowing down, the sixth week of Asia Contemporary Art Week continues to explore and unravel the rich possibilities of 'thinking collections', bringing together a variety of artists, filmmakers, and institutions in transnational and cross-disciplinary dialogue. Together, 'Asian-ness' is not deployed as a homogenising concept, but rather an...

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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #4: 3–9 October 2018 Ocula Insight
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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #4: 3–9 October 2018 23 October 2018

For the first week of Asia Contemporary Art Week's (ACAW) October programming, a series of diverse and thought-provoking events unfolded across various boroughs of New York City.On 3 October, Christopher K Ho staged a walk-through of his solo project Aloha to the World at the Don Ho Terrace (3 October 2018 to 6 January 2019) at The Bronx Museum of...

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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #3: 23–29 September 2018 Ocula Insight
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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #3: 23–29 September 2018 15 October 2018

In this third week of ACAW, which offered the continuing opportunity to engage in 'thinking collections' through the lens of Asian arts practitioners in the city, the identity of collecting and collections found its own centrifugal force, with a fusion, proliferation and collision of ideas. Chen Dongfan and Cyoko Tamai's open studios offered the...

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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #2: 14–23 September 2018 Ocula Insight
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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #2: 14–23 September 2018 5 October 2018

Closing out the first week and ushering in the second of Asia Contemporary Art Week's season-long programme of Asia-focused activities throughout New York City were 'Writing the Indian Modern', and 'Collecting the Indian Modern' at Asia Society. The panels were hosted in conjunction with their new exhibition The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art...

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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #1: 5–15 September 2018 Ocula Insight
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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #1: 5–15 September 2018 21 September 2018

The 13th edition of Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) launched during the first week of September—along with the rest of the New York art world—offering rare insight into artist spaces and practices during one of the most frenetic months of the year. The 2018 iteration of ACAW contains a season-long programme of signature events under...

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An introduction to FIELD MEETING Take 5: Thinking Projects, New York Ocula Insight An introduction to FIELD MEETING Take 5: Thinking Projects, New York 6 October 2017

When living at a pivotal moment in history where declining political, economic and environmental conditions mean that the planet could meet its demise more possibly through human mal-activities than extraterrestrial cosmic, or planetary shifts, it is no small occasion for hundreds of US and Asia based artists and arts professionals to gather to...

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