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Mohammad Salemy

Politics and Aesthetics at the 11th Berlin Biennale Ocula Feature Politics and Aesthetics at the 11th Berlin Biennale By Mohammad Salemy, Berlin

The 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art 'is the exhibition that Berlin and its art world needs'.

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Feature MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern By Mohammad Salemy, New York

Mohammad Salemy reports on art historical and political redress within The Museum of ModernArt's permanent collection after the museum's recent expansion.

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58th Venice Biennale: May You Live In Interesting Times Ocula Feature 58th Venice Biennale: May You Live In Interesting Times By Mohammad Salemy, Venice

Mohammad Salemy reviews the 58th Venice Biennale, May You Live In Interesting Times (11 May–24 November 2019), where 'Lithuania demonstrated how it is possible to be both socially relevant while pulling off one of the most likeable national pavilions in recent memory.'

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10th Berlin Biennale: ‘Let’s be clear; we are at war’ Ocula Feature 10th Berlin Biennale: ‘Let’s be clear; we are at war’ By Mohammad Salemy, Berlin

'Let's be clear; we are at war.' These were [Gabi Ngcobo][0]'s defiant words at the press conference for the tenth edition of the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, which she curated: _We don't nee

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Gabi Ngcobo Ocula Conversation Gabi Ngcobo By Mohammad Salemy, Berlin

Thinking and working between disciplines is my way of being in the world, and the way I become part of the world. I studied art against many odds; many of which had to do with the political atmosphere I was born in and grew up under.

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Lawrence Abu Hamdan Ocula Conversation Lawrence Abu Hamdan By Mohammad Salemy, Dubai

My favourite artists are those who observe things that are not necessarily outside the realm of perception, but are outside the frames in which they should be considered perceivable.

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Independent Growth: Art Dubai 2018 Ocula Feature Independent Growth: Art Dubai 2018 By Mohammad Salemy, Dubai

Founded in 2007, Art Dubai's sustained focus on showcasing contemporary art has had a tangible impact, resulting in a developing maturity of what was once a young and inexperienced art market.

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Tilting the scale: on the 57th Venice Biennale Ocula Feature Tilting the scale: on the 57th Venice Biennale By Mohammad Salemy, Venice

Arriving in Venice involves many adjustments, the most important of which is getting accustomed to operating in an altered urban scale. Upon stepping out of a water taxi from the airport, the travelle

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Making waves towards post-art: Act I of Sharjah Biennial 13 Ocula Feature Making waves towards post-art: Act I of Sharjah Biennial 13 By Mohammad Salemy, Sharjah

Imagine a living body in metamorphosis: part dying and part thriving. Imagine evolution as a form of complexity from the perspectives of nature, political economy and technology. Then imagine how this

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Berlin's belated Biennale: A response to the responses Ocula Feature Berlin's belated Biennale: A response to the responses By Mohammad Salemy, Berlin

The difficulty of reviewing a large exhibition in which your friends are participating and its curators are people you know is not something to look forward to

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DIS Ocula Conversation DIS By Mohammad Salemy, Berlin

We’re political without the usual critical melancholy. We don’t have a standard oppositional critique and most of the artists we are working with don’t either.

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The exhibition aims to showcase outsiders and provocateurs in Australian contemporary art.

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