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Katharina Grosse on Mumbling Mud in Shanghai Ocula Insight Katharina Grosse on Mumbling Mud in Shanghai By Mikala Tai

In the summer of 2018, the K11 Art Foundation mounted a solo exhibition of German artist Katharina Grosse in Shanghai, bringing her immersive installations to China for the first time. Internationally acclaimed for a practice that boldly challenges viewers' perception of space, her playful work has been shown at institutions worldwide, from the...

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Xiao Lu Ocula Conversation  |  In partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art Xiao Lu By Mikala Tai, Sydney

In the hot heat of the moment, history is sometimes only recorded in snippets. In the flurry to understand, information is conflated, building a historical account that never quite captures the reality of the moment. In 1989, Chinese artist Xiao Lu fired a handgun into her installation Dialogue displayed in the China/Avant-Garde exhibition, the...

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Akira Takayama Ocula Conversation  |  In partnership with The 21st Biennale of Sydney Akira Takayama By Mikala Tai, Sydney

There is something deeply evocative about the work of Akira Takayama. His endless fascination with the fabric of society, the creation of culture and the ebb and flow of communities drives a multi-disciplinary approach to the craft of devising theatre. For the viewer, an encounter with a Takayama work is intimate and personal. Throughout his...

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Abdul Abdullah: Leaving Clues Ocula Insight  |  IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GILLMAN BARRACKS Abdul Abdullah: Leaving Clues By Mikala Tai, Singapore

Sydney-based artist Abdul Abdullah is the 'outsider amongst outsiders', with an interdisciplinary practice that explores the misconceptions and misunderstanding of minority groups in a multicultural society. Born to a sixth-generation Australian father and a Malay migrant mother, Abdullah is the epitome of the contemporary urban Australian. His...

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