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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History Ocula Conversation
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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere Ocula Report Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere By Soo-Min Shim, Sydney

'This year's Biennale of Sydney seems like a corrective,' writes Soo-Min Shim, 'prioritising autonomy in an international exhibition format that has all too often omitted or sidelined First Nations artists.'

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Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 Ocula Insight Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 By Stephanie Bailey, London

In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .

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With Trump threatening to defund the arts, Sanders promises 'I will be an arts president.'

Hito Steyerl. Courtesy Dominik Butzmann / re:publica.

Hundreds of art professionals have endorsed Bernie Sanders in a new letter of support. Among them are Hito Steyerl, Damián Ortega, Kader Attia, Kara Walker, Kim Gordon, Martha Rosler, Nan Goldin and Nicole Eisenman.

Artists who live outside the United States were among those who signed, citing the country's profound impacts abroad.

The letter quotes Sanders saying, 'You have my promise that as president, I will be an arts president. I will continue to advocate strongly for robust funding of the arts in our cities, schools and public spaces. Art is speech. Art is what life is about.'

For the fourth consecutive year, President Donald Trump's annual budget proposal classified the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities as 'wasteful and unnecessary funding'.

In addition to visual artists and arts professionals, the letter was signed by multidisciplinarians, writers, directors and musicians including Chloë Sevigny, Chris Kraus, Rachel Kushner, Jim Jarmusch, Devendra Banhart, M.I.A, and Michael Stipe.

Actors and musicians who have publicly supported Trump include Kanye West, Roseanne Barr, Jon Voight, Kid Rock and Clint Eastwood, but there few high profile visual artists who back the president.

Jon McNaughton—who Salon's Andrew O'Hehir described as 'the most important painter of our time' while calling his work lurid, overwrought propaganda—is one exception. McNaughton says his paintings, which include Crossing the Swamp, You Are Fake News and MAGA Ride, sell for up to US $300,000. —[O]

Update: This article previously listed Jeff Koons among the signatories of the letter. Artists4Bernie has since removed his name from the list.

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