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Hera Chan

Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai By Hera Chan, Hong Kong

With seven paintings included in Tai Kwun Contemporary's Contagious Cities: Far Away, Too Close (26 January–21 April 2019), Firenze Lai discusses the meanings behind her enigmatic paintings.

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Crush at Para Site: What if you couldn’t have it? Ocula Feature Crush at Para Site: What if you couldn’t have it? By Hera Chan, Hong Kong

Drawn on paper by Oscar Chan Yik Long in gestural black ink strokes, Cupid (2015) greets visitors with a sinister toothy smile as they enter Para Site. The strikingly fearsome figure is positioned on the wall of the gallery's entrance, near one of Chen Dandizi's vertical neon tube lights, part of the series 'Tick Away' (2015), along which a...

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Art Jakarta: World spirit, Independence Day and Asian Games Ocula Feature Art Jakarta: World spirit, Independence Day and Asian Games By Hera Chan, Jakarta

A four-legged beast with an ornate mirror for a face and the hybridized horns of a Bawean deer stands in the centre of Chan + Hori Contemporary's booth at the tenth Art Jakarta (2–5 August 2018), housed in the Grand Ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton. This contemporary mythical beast is Lugas Syllabus's Wild Legend (2018): a strong teak wood testament...

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Nilima  Sheikh Ocula Conversation Nilima Sheikh By Hera Chan, Hong Kong

Nilima Sheikh says it was a different time then. Though always true, what she is describing is the specificity of her life as an artist in India. Born in New Delhi in 1945, Sheikh trained in Baroda, where she now lives. Her paintings contain world lexicons, written in a language she has developed over the last four decades. Integrating source...

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In Memory of a Free Public: Harbour Arts Sculpture Park Ocula Feature In Memory of a Free Public: Harbour Arts Sculpture Park By Hera Chan, Hong Kong

It was at Tamar Park that the initial sit-ins took place around the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, sparking the Umbrella Movement in 2014. Thousands of students advocated for universal suffrage in the response to electoral reforms enacted on Hong Kong by China's Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. It was here, on 26 September...

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