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Jareh Das

Jennifer Packer: Seeing in Real Time Ocula Feature Jennifer Packer: Seeing in Real Time By Jareh Das, London

Jennifer Packer's first institutional solo exhibition in Europe bears witness to the present through painterly generosity.

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Senzeni Marasela: ‘My work is rooted in Johannesburg’ Ocula Conversation Senzeni Marasela: ‘My work is rooted in Johannesburg’ By Jareh Das, Cape Town

Senzeni Marasela traces her practice within the context of South Africa's generation of post-apartheid female artists.

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ART X Lagos Responds to #EndSARS Ocula Insight ART X Lagos Responds to #EndSARS By Jareh Das, Lagos

The fifth ART X Lagos returns this year with an online edition that taps into Nigeria's present moment.

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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's Resistant Figuration Ocula Feature Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's Resistant Figuration By Jareh Das, London

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's portraits are freed 'from the bounds of a specific time, place, or context.'

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Tschabalala Self: 'We must abandon the lies and mistruths we have been told' Ocula Conversation Tschabalala Self: 'We must abandon the lies and mistruths we have been told' By Jareh Das, New York City

Tschabalala Self discusses her representations of Black bodies as sites of multiplicity.

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Chitra Ganesh on Utopia, Futurity, and Dissent Ocula Conversation Chitra Ganesh on Utopia, Futurity, and Dissent By Jareh Das, New York City

Chitra Ganesh reflects on 'seeing the world with eyes fully open'.

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GaHee Park: Building Fluid Worlds Ocula Conversation GaHee Park: Building Fluid Worlds By Jareh Das, New York

GaHee Park dismantles the boundaries between public and private space in new paintings and drawings on view at Perrotin in New York and Public Art Fund's city-wide project, Art on the Grid.

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Lauren Halsey: Centring Community Ocula Conversation Lauren Halsey: Centring Community By Jareh Das, Los Angeles

Lauren Halsey discusses her community-focused practice, which reimagines South-Central Los Angeles through unique spatial paradigms that reference funk, hip hop, Afrofuturism, and science fiction.

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Billie Zangewa: Soldier of Love Ocula Conversation Billie Zangewa: Soldier of Love By Jareh Das, Paris

Billie Zangewa discusses sewing, turning the mundane into the relatable by expanding personal histories outwards through textiles, the importance of self-care, and why she considers herself a soldier of love.

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Mark Sealy: African Cosmologies at FotoFest Biennial 2020 Ocula Conversation Mark Sealy: African Cosmologies at FotoFest Biennial 2020 By Jareh Das, Houston

Mark Sealy, director of London's Autograph ABP, talks about curating the 18th FotoFest Biennial with an aim to disrupt canonical readings of photography.

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Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ Ocula Conversation Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ By Jareh Das, New York

Cinga Samson discusses the complex relationship between contemporary life, African traditions, globalisation, and representation in his work.

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Equitable Vitrines: Public Art and Contested Space Ocula Conversation Equitable Vitrines: Public Art and Contested Space By Jareh Das, Los Angeles

Ellie Lee and Matt Connolly, founders of the non-profit Equitable Vitrines in Los Angeles, discuss site-specificity, expanded formats for exhibition-making, and the nuances of commissioning public art.

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Richard Saltoun and Catherine McCormack on 100% Women Ocula Conversation Richard Saltoun and Catherine McCormack on 100% Women By Jareh Das, London

Richard Saltoun and Catherine McCormack discuss 100% Women, a year-long gallery programme focusing on intergenerational female artists.

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Feature Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City By Jareh Das, Lagos

The second Lagos Biennial responds to the social, political, and cultural fabric of Africa's most populous city.

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Tala Madani: 'I don't make a conscious decision to subvert the gaze' Ocula Conversation Tala Madani: 'I don't make a conscious decision to subvert the gaze' By Jareh Das, Los Angeles

For her solo exhibition at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles ( Shit Moms, 7 September–19 October 2019), Tala Madani turns her attention to motherhood in new paintings and animations.

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Patty Chang: From Xinjiang to the Atlantic Ocean Ocula Conversation Patty Chang: From Xinjiang to the Atlantic Ocean By Jareh Das, Los Angeles

In light of her recent show at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake 2009–2017 (17 March–4 August 2019), Chang reflects on the body-politics of her early work and the complex landscapes charted in recent projects.

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Feature Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House By Jareh Das, London

Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers traces more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond.

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LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter Ocula Feature LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter By Jareh Das, Los Angeles

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2 June 2019–5 January 2020) is an inter-generational show of 21 Chinese artists working from the 1980s to the present, including Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, Song Dong, He Xiangyu, Yin Xiuzhen, and Ma Qiusha.

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Zheng Bo: How to Live on Planet Earth Ocula Conversation Zheng Bo: How to Live on Planet Earth By Jareh Das, Hong Kong

Zheng Bo reflects on socially engaged art in China and eco-queer futures ahead of Dao is in Weeds, his solo exhibition at Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery (1 June–15 July 2019), and group show Garden of Earthly Delights at Gropius Bau, Berlin (26 July–1 December 2019).

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Ingrid Schaffner Ocula Conversation Ingrid Schaffner By Jareh Das, Pittsburgh

Curator, writer, and educator Ingrid Schaffner discusses the 57th Carnegie International (13 October 2018–25 March 2019), which is grounded in the word 'international'.

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Casablanca's Biennial Suffers Last-Minute Losses Ocula Feature Casablanca's Biennial Suffers Last-Minute Losses By Jareh Das, Casablanca

Casablanca is a city celebrated for its progressive modernist architecture. In 1917, it became the second city in the world after New York to adopt a comprehensive masterplan for its urban development. Today, this sprawling metropolis, the largest in Morocco, is viewed as 'a nexus of confluence for new international architecture and planning ideas...

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ART X Lagos: Nigeria’s Art Renaissance Ocula Feature ART X Lagos: Nigeria’s Art Renaissance By Jareh Das, Lagos

Nigeria's art scene has flourished over the last decade, leading to a renewed interest in cultivating and supporting modern and contemporary art in the country. Ranked Africa's largest economy in 2017, making up 0.8 percent of the world's GDP, a surge in wealth amongst some individuals has led to a developing collector base (not to mention rising...

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A Journey That Wasn’t at The Broad, Los Angeles Ocula Feature A Journey That Wasn’t at The Broad, Los Angeles By Jareh Das, Los Angeles

A Journey That Wasn't showcases 55 artworks from the permanent collection of The Broad in Los Angeles, some of which are on view for the first time (30 June 2018–10 February 2019). Located in the museum's first-floor galleries and curated by Ed Schad and Sarah Loyer (both curators at The Broad), the show explores how artists have dealt with...

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London Frieze Week: The Lowdown Ocula Feature London Frieze Week: The Lowdown By Jareh Das, London

Located in Regent's Park, Frieze London has expanded to focus on historical works in recent years, with the introduction of Frieze Masters in 2012, further reinforcing London 's position as a leading art destination. Beyond this year's edition (4–7 October 2018), a range of unmissable exhibitions are taking place across London in both commercial...

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