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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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CREATIVE ALCHEMY: ACAW’S FIELD MEETING TAKE 6 Related Press CREATIVE ALCHEMY: ACAW’S FIELD MEETING TAKE 6 Art Asia Pacific : 1 March 2019

To kick off Asia Contemporary Art Week's two-day forum, Field Meeting Take 6: Thinking Collections, curator and writer Leeza Ahmady performed a reading of On Kings, Films and Astronomads: A Script from Cave Paintings / Sufi Fluxus Production (2017). The fictional story begins with a king reflecting on his life to an audience of transcended beings,...

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FOCUS KAZAKHSTAN – THINKING COLLECTIONS: TELLING TALES Related Press FOCUS KAZAKHSTAN – THINKING COLLECTIONS: TELLING TALES ArtAsiaPacific : 30 November 2018

Four men, members of the Kyzyl Tractor Art Collective, rolled a large drum made of wool, wood, ropes, metal, sheepskin and plastic onto the front lawn of Mana Contemporary in Jersey City. Turned on its side like a wheel, the Purification Drum (2003/2018) easily towered over them as they steered it through the crowd of onlookers.

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Thinking Collections: Telling Tales: A Survey Exhibition of Kyzyl Tractor Art Collective Related Press Thinking Collections: Telling Tales: A Survey Exhibition of Kyzyl Tractor Art Collective The Brooklyn Rail : 26 November 2018

The first floor gallery at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City has been transformed into a cozy Kazakhstani tea room. Low tables adorned with lavish tea cups are placed amidst colorful, haphazardly patterned cushions which are scattered on the floor. But the suggestion of relaxation is interrupted by the violent sounds coming from the black and white...

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Thinking collections, telling tales: “Focus Kazakhstan” Part III in Jersey City – artist profile + curator interview Related Press Thinking collections, telling tales: “Focus Kazakhstan” Part III in Jersey City – artist profile + curator interview Art Radar : 23 October 2018

Following the success of London's 'Post-nomadic Mind' exhibition, the third instalment of 'Focus Kazakhstan' is due to open at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, USA under the banner 'Thinking Collections: Telling Tales'. The show is nestled within the larger programming of Asia Contemporary Art Week, offering itself as a retrospective exhibition of...

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NEW YORK’S ASIA CONTEMPORARY ART WEEK LAUNCHES WITH EXPANDED PROGRAM Related Press NEW YORK’S ASIA CONTEMPORARY ART WEEK LAUNCHES WITH EXPANDED PROGRAM ArtForum : 7 September 2018

Featuring more than 150 artists from China, India, Korea, Mongolia, Pakistan, Syria, and more, the thirteenth edition of Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) kicked off on Wednesday, September 5, with an expanded program.

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YU FAN Related Press YU FAN ArtAsiaPacific : 3 September 2018

As part of this year's Asia Contemporary Art Week, and co-presented with Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation's inaugural Creative China Festival, Beijing-based artist Yu Fan mounted an exhibition of 20 sculptures at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York.

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Asia Contemporary Art Week Expands to an Entire Season of Events in NYC Region Related Press Asia Contemporary Art Week Expands to an Entire Season of Events in NYC Region ARTFIX daily : 30 August 2018

As a remarkable testimony to the field's growing prominence in New York and the art scene at large, the 13th edition of Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) expands to a full season this fall to present 30+ cutting-edge exhibitions and public programs at leading ACAW Consortium Partner museums and galleries citywide.

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A BITE OF EVERYWHERE: SONG DONG’S EATING THE CITY Related Press A BITE OF EVERYWHERE: SONG DONG’S EATING THE CITY ArtAsiaPacific : 8 November 2017

The struggle for self-restraint was evident in both curious adults and impatient children alike, their eyes and appetites appraising towers of neatly stacked chocolate and vanilla wafers, pristine rivers of bright blue frosting lined with piped, green trees—all of which awaited the inevitable fate forewarned by the title of Song Dong's...

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Mining Mineral Structures with Watercolor and Sediment Related Press Mining Mineral Structures with Watercolor and Sediment Hyperallergic : 6 November 2017

Beijing artist Guo Hongwei is a master of watercolor technique, able to create convincing, almost photographic, results from this most minimal medium. He is also a collector of sorts, using his skill to assemble taxonomies of natural elements: leaves and butterflies, rocks and crystals.

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ASIA CONTEMPORARY ART WEEK FIELD MEETING: THINKING PROJECTS Related Press ASIA CONTEMPORARY ART WEEK FIELD MEETING: THINKING PROJECTS ArtAsiaPacific : 3 November 2017

In its fifth iteration, Asia Contemporary Art Week's Field Meeting convened to address the bounds and possibilities of the "project," a concept that has become increasingly popular in artistic practice.

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Re-Thinking Home: ACAW’s Thinking Projects Pop Up at C24 Gallery Related Press Re-Thinking Home: ACAW’s Thinking Projects Pop Up at C24 Gallery Arte Fuse : 23 October 2017

Thinking Projects Pop Up at C24 gallery can seem at first glance to be an expedition: before you, wonders of the world are arrayed in complex configurations. However, unlike expeditionary forces venturing to faraway lands these works are brought to New York audiences by artists Nadiah Bamadhaj (Jogjiakarta), Irfan Önürmen (Istanbul), and Sumakshi...

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New York’s Upcoming Asia Contemporary Art Week is Bigger Than Ever Related Press New York’s Upcoming Asia Contemporary Art Week is Bigger Than Ever artnet news : 1 September 2016

This fall, the 11th edition of New York City's Asia Contemporary Art Week(ACAW) returns in an expanded format to showcase the enormous amount of talent coming from the continent.

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Asian Contemporary Art Week, New York Related Press Asian Contemporary Art Week, New York Jeff Tompkins for Asia Society / 20 October 2014 : 24 October 2014

Since its founding more than a decade ago, Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) has been an annual New York City platform for connecting major local amuseums, galleries, and art professionals with their counterparts in Asia, through exhibitions, public dialogues, performances, and other projects meant to address the increasing prominence of Asian...

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