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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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The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial Keeps Up With The Zeitgeist Ocula Report The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial Keeps Up With The Zeitgeist 8 Dec 2018 : Susan Acret for Ocula

Looking through the windows that front Indonesian artist Aditya Novali's wall installation The Wall: Asian (Un)Real Estate Project (2011), a series of miniature apartments come into view: private interiors that are sometimes bland, strange or garish (Hello Kitty decor characterises one space, for example, while multiple Duchamp-like toilets appear...

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Patricia Piccinini Ocula Conversation Patricia Piccinini Artist

On the occasion of Patricia Piccinini's multisensory and epic retrospective, Curious Affection at Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA, 24 March–5 August 2018), this interview covers Piccinini's meticulous and collaborative studio practice, and the role of narrative in her work. Curated by Peter McKay, the exhibition occupies the ground floor and...

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APT8: A fragmenting vision of the future Ocula Report APT8: A fragmenting vision of the future 14 Dec 2015 : Susan Acret for Ocula

It is 16 years since I last visited an Asia Pacific Triennial and it is heartening to see that although APT8 is a very different beast from the ground-breaking APTs of the 1990s, this edition has stayed true to the triennial’s philosophy of interacting with the region’s artists in a sustained and very localised way. When the APT was...

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Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh Ocula Conversation Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh Executive Directors, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

Having held the dual role of co-directors of Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art (IMA) for almost two years, Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh have shaken up the city’s contemporary art landscape. The unprecedented formulation of a joint vocation of director and curator shared between two people saw two outsiders hailing from Canada and...

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Aaron Seeto Ocula Conversation Aaron Seeto Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art, QAGOMA

This month the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane, Australia, plays host to the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8). Renowned as a platform for surveying the vast geographic expanse of Asian and Pacific contemporary art, the triennial continues to uphold a long-term commitment to the region....

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Wang Gongxin Ocula Conversation Wang Gongxin Artist, China

The pioneering video works of Wang Gongxin heralded the rise of the video art movement in China, and he remains a force in Chinese contemporary art today.Born in Beijing in 1960, he belonged to the first generation of art students after the Cultural Revolution and trained as an oil painter in the Socialist-Realist style. In 1987 he was...

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Bruce Mclean Ocula Conversation Bruce Mclean Curator

Bruce McLean is Curator of Indigenous Australian Art at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. His latest exhibition My Country: I Still Call Australia Home is a collection of recent works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists that explore the divergent social and political voices of ‘Black’ Australia. While not all works...

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Cai Guo-Qiang Ocula Conversation Cai Guo-Qiang Artist, China

Cai Guo-Qiang was born in 1957 in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China. He was a child during Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution and strongly influenced by society's vision for social utopia. Cai trained in stage design at the Shanghai Theatre Acadmey. He left China in 1986, spending almost 9 years as a young artist in...

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Where To From Here? Innovators In The Australian Arts Ocula Report Where To From Here? Innovators In The Australian Arts 26 Nov 2013 : Stella Rosa McDonald for Ocula

‘For me, one of the most political acts of the 21st Century is to be vulnerable. It’s not to take a single position or write a manifesto of democracy, it’s to actually make yourself vulnerable to being wrong. If you can do this then you can create a different space of risk for others to come in and create encounters.’...

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Great Expectations: Emerging Australian Art Ocula Report Great Expectations: Emerging Australian Art 5 Nov 2013 : Stella Rosa McDonald for Ocula

In literary criticism, the term Bildungsroman refers to a coming of age novel. The protagonist learns a lesson, undergoes a transformation and grows up. They are stories where sentiment conflicts with authority, and we love them because they question our foundations and because we were all kids, once. ‘Emerging’ is the art...

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Sydney Contemporary Art Fair (Scaf) 2013: Part 2 Ocula Report Sydney Contemporary Art Fair (Scaf) 2013: Part 2 24 Sep 2013 : Rachel Fuller for Ocula

At the close of Sydney Contemporary 13 the general consensus amongst gallerists was that Sydney’s first art fair has been a resounding success. The response to the timing and venue was positive and consistent crowds meant that the Carriageworks site was continually filled with collectors and art lovers for the entire three days of the...

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Sydney Contemporary Art Fair (Scaf) 2013: Part 1 Ocula Report Sydney Contemporary Art Fair (Scaf) 2013: Part 1 21 Sep 2013 : Rachel Fuller for Ocula

After the swift success of ART HK and the launch of Art13 London in March of this year Tim Etchells (Founder of SCAF) is now turning his hand to the Australian art market with the inaugural Sydney Contemporary, Sydney’s first premium art fair. Etchells’ company, Australian Art Events has also taken over the management of the...

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Naomi Milgrom Ocula Conversation Naomi Milgrom Art Collector & Entrepreneur, Sydney, Australia

Naomi Milgrom AO is recognised as one of Australia's foremost business leaders and entrepreneurs as well as being a significant art collector. Milgrom sees her role in the arts as venturing well beyond the pleasures of her own personal collection, actively supporting public arts programs and education on a considerable scale. Milgrom is...

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55Th Venice Biennale Part Ii: Il Palazzo Enciclopedico Ocula Report 55Th Venice Biennale Part Ii: Il Palazzo Enciclopedico 25 Jun 2013 : Carmen Ansaldo for Ocula

Over 300,000 attendees are predicted to brave this year’s torrid European summer to experience the Biennale’s International Exhibition Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), the ambitious vision of New York-based Italian curator Massimiliano Gioni. Il Palazzo Enciclopedico includes 150 artists from 37 countries and takes...

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55Th Venice Biennale Part I: The Pavillions Ocula Report 55Th Venice Biennale Part I: The Pavillions 17 Jun 2013 : Carmen Ansaldo for Ocula

The start of June (2013) marks the public opening of the world’s largest art fair, the Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, commonly known as the Venice Biennale. The Biennale’s 55th installment includes 88 national pavilions and 48 collateral exhibitions spread throughout the traditional venues of the Giardini and Arsenale, as...

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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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Apt7: A Live Archive Ocula Report Apt7: A Live Archive 23 Jan 2013 : Laura Brown for Ocula

This year the Asia Pacific Triennial celebrates its twentieth year - a fact emphasised many times over across promotional material and in conversation amongst visitors, and reason alone for many visitors from other cities and countries during the exhibition’s opening weekend.

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Apt7: Active Spectatorship In The 20 Year Archive Ocula Report Apt7: Active Spectatorship In The 20 Year Archive 7 Jan 2013 : Tess Maunder for Ocula

The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art marks the 20th anniversary of the flagship exhibition series committed to an investigation of Asian, Pacific and Australian contemporary practices.

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Suhanya Raffel Ocula Conversation Suhanya Raffel Acting Director at the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art

Suhanya Raffel is Acting Director of the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia, and responsible for creative and curatorial development of the exhibition and program initiatives. Previously as Deputy Director she was instrumental in the realisation of major exhibitions including Andy Warhol in 2007-08, The China...

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