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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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Melbourne Art Fair: ‘finding its political and global footing’ Ocula Report Melbourne Art Fair: ‘finding its political and global footing’ 9 Aug 2018 : Carol Que for Ocula

The fifteenth edition of the biennial Melbourne Art Fair (MAF) (2–5 August 2018), which returned after skipping its 2016 edition, was understated in its ground-level presentation. Forty participating galleries from across Australia, with the exception of eight spaces from New Zealand (including Two Rooms, Michael Lett and Bartley + Company Art) and...

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Melbourne Art Shows to See: The Lowdown Ocula Report Melbourne Art Shows to See: The Lowdown 27 Jul 2018 : Carol Que for Ocula

Melbourne Art Week returns to much fanfare this year, taking place between 30 July and 5 August 2018 with the biennial Melbourne Art Fair holding centre stage after its hiatus in 2016 (2–5 August 2018). Situated across two venues within the Southbank Arts Precinct and presenting 40 new and established galleries from Australia, New Zealand and...

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Ocula Report: Spring 1883 Ocula Report Ocula Report: Spring 1883 25 Aug 2016 : Amelia Winata for Ocula

The VIP preview of Spring 1883’s 2016 edition was surely a contender for the most exclusive ‘money-can’t-buy’ ticket in town. Prior to the art fair’s opening, interested parties were told that requests for tickets would be denied and that only those who received an invitation would be permitted entry. It...

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Melbourne Art Week lowdown Ocula Report Melbourne Art Week lowdown 12 Aug 2016 : Zara Sigglekow for Ocula

With the official Melbourne Art Fair currently on hiatus, Melbourne Art Week has taken on a ruptured form, with the previously main events absence creating fertile ground for new fairs to germinate. Spring 1883 has taken the stage as the ‘main fair’ by default, the NotFair continues, and two new fairs formed by banded camps of...

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The Melbourne Art Week Lowdown: 11 August – 17 August 2014 Ocula Report The Melbourne Art Week Lowdown: 11 August – 17 August 2014 11 Aug 2014 : Zara Sigglekow for Ocula

Melbourne Art Week is about to kick off, with the central events being the Melbourne Art Fair 2014 and the cool kid satellite fair, Spring 1883 (both of which open to the public on 14th August), but there is so much more to it. Zara Sigglekow, Ocula correspondent, gives you the lowdown on the Week, from the highlights of the MAF program and...

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Natalie King And Youngmi Park Ocula Conversation Natalie King And Youngmi Park Co-Curators, 'Episodes: Australian Photography Now', Dong Gang International Photo Festival

Now in its 13th edition, the Dong Gang International Photo Festival takes place in the city of Yeongwol, about 3 hours drive east of Seoul. Since 2009, guest curators from different countries have been invited to curate an exhibition for the Festival, including France, Germany, USA, Japan and UK. This year the invitation was extended to...

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Barry Keldoulis Ocula Conversation Barry Keldoulis Director, Melbourne Art Fair

Barry Keldoulis has more than three decades experience in the world of contemporary art. Keldoulis started his career in New York where he worked as private secretary and chief of staff for Henry Geldzahler, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City of New York, and the first curator of 20th century art at the Metropolitan Museum of...

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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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Vasili Kaliman Ocula Conversation Vasili Kaliman Co-Founder, SPRING 1883 Art Fair, Melbourne

SPRING 1883 is an exciting new art fair that draws on the traditions of the Gramercy Art Fair in New York, to present the best in contemporary art practice from Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States.SPRING 1883 will see twenty galleries exhibiting in individual or shared suites at The Windsor, Melbourne’s oldest and...

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Clinton Ng Ocula Conversation Clinton Ng Collector, Sydney

Sydney based collector, Clinton Ng, has built a substantial collection of leading contemporary art in just over ten years. His collection now includes works by over 150 artists, including Ahmed Alsoudani, Olafur Eliasson, Adrian Ghenie, Vik Muniz, Alex Prager, Simon Denny, William Kentridge, Adrián Villar Rojas, Shaun Gladwell, Thomas Hirschhorn...

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Simon Lee Ocula Conversation Simon Lee Founder, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong and London

When Simon Lee, owner of Simon Lee Gallery, arrives for our interview, he appears very relaxed. With 30 years of experience under his belt, including time at the Guggenheim and then as Director for many years at Anthony d’Offay Gallery – he exudes the confidence of a person who has seen and done it all, and has nothing to prove. After...

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Seung Yul Oh Ocula Conversation Seung Yul Oh Artist, Korea

Born in Korea in 1981, Seung Yul Oh moved to New Zealand in 1997 and graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland in 2005. He has exhibited widely in New Zealand and Korea. In 2013 he was recipient of the SEMA Nanji Residency in Seoul and in 2011 was recipient of the Harriet Friedlander New York Residency, supported by...

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Andy Dinan Ocula Conversation Andy Dinan Founder, [MARS] Gallery, Melbourne

MARS (Melbourne Art Rooms) was established by gallerist Andy Dinan in Port Melbourne in 2004 and now, in its tenth year, is celebrating by opening a purpose-built gallery in Windsor. The new space will represent something of a rebirth for the well-established gallery with new artists and new projects. Ocula spoke with Andy about the decision to...

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Karen And Dr. Dirk Zadra Ocula Conversation Karen And Dr. Dirk Zadra Directors, Marshall Arts, Adelaide

Established in 2001, Marshall Arts specialises in Australian contemporary art from remote Indigenous art centres. The gallery also programs exhibitions of invited artists from diverse cultural backgrounds whose practice engages with ideas of country/nation, culture and identity, across all media. Ocula caught up with the directors, Karen and Dr....

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Alexie Glass-Kantor Ocula Conversation Alexie Glass-Kantor Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney

Alexie Glass-Kantor recently took the helm at Artspace, Sydney with her appointment as its Executive Director. One of Australia’s most highly regarded independent cultural centres, Artspace is involved in publishing, public programming, and in-house residencies. Previously Glass-Kantor was the Director and Senior Curator of Gertrude...

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Melbourne Now Ocula Report Melbourne Now 2 Dec 2013 : Emily Cormack for Ocula

For a city consistently referred to as Australia’s ‘cultural capital’ Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has had a track record of casual disregard for the vigorous cultural activities that have been occurring in its midst. It has seemed odd at best, that despite healthy acquisitions of contemporary...

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Bill Henson Ocula Conversation Bill Henson Artist, Australia / Part two of a two part interview

Faced with the daunting, but intriguing challenge of interviewing one of Australia’s most distinguished artists, Bill Henson, I did the contemporary obvious – I googled him.  The result was, as one would expect, slightly polarized. His recent withdrawal of work from the Adelaide Biennale following a police complaint had...

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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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Notes On Desire: The 19Th Biennale Of Sydney Ocula Report Notes On Desire: The 19Th Biennale Of Sydney 12 Nov 2013 : Stella Rosa McDonald for Ocula

"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will."George Bernard ShawIn 1879, a French postman named Ferdinand Cheval began building an esoteric homage to the beauty of sandstone. On one of his postal rounds, Cheval came across small pieces of the...

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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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Dianne Tanzer Ocula Conversation Dianne Tanzer Director, Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne

Dianne Tanzer established her gallery, Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects in Melbourne, Australia in 1990. Established as an exciting platform for Australian contemporary art, it continues to deliver a robust exhibition program. This year the gallery is undergoing a significant shift as it joins forces with another Melbourne stalwart, Helen Gory...

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Stephen Mccoubrey Ocula Conversation Stephen Mccoubrey Co-curator, UBS Art Collection, London

With an extraordinary collection of paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures and video by some of the world’s major artists from 1960 onwards, UBS is recognized as having one of the most important corporate collections of contemporary art in the world.  Stephen McCoubrey has been co-curator of that collection since 1999 and is...

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