Susan Acret

Susan Acret is a writer, collector and art advisor. A former editor of Art AsiaPacific and on the board of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Susan has over 20 years experience in the field of contemporary art, with particular expertise in relation to the Asia Pacific region. Susan lived in Hong Kong for 13 years, during which time she worked with Asia Art Archive and as a freelance writer and editor. While in Hong Kong, Susan co-founded Art Asia Advisory. In 2014 Susan moved to Sydney from which she continues her freelance and advisory practice, as well as writing for Ocula Magazine and other art publications. Susan is the co-editor of Ocula Conversations(2015), and editor of Art-In-Sight (2017), which was published by Ocula in partnership with National Arts Council, Singapore.

The National 2021 Finds Ways to Care in Australia Ocula Feature The National 2021 Finds Ways to Care in Australia By Susan Acret, Sydney

The National 2021: New Australian Art makes inroads in addressing representation, equality, and understanding.

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The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial Keeps Up With The Zeitgeist Ocula Feature The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial Keeps Up With The Zeitgeist By Susan Acret, Brisbane

The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (24 November 2018–28 April 2019), offers the obvious but nevertheless intriguing parallel of peering into the worlds of its exhibiting artists.

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Brook Andrew Ocula Conversation  |  In partnership with The 21st Biennale of Sydney Brook Andrew By Susan Acret, Sydney

Australian artist [Brook Andrew][0]'s practice often finds inspiration in institutional archives, but his intentions go beyond the archaeological: he is not primarily interested in discovering or docu

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Aaron Seeto Ocula Conversation Aaron Seeto By Susan Acret, Jakarta

We must create opportunities where things can be seen and experienced by a wide audience demographic, where ideas can be tested, and where dialogue between an artist and a diverse Indonesian audience can occur.

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Hiromi Tango: On Being Human Ocula Insight  |  IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GILLMAN BARRACKS Hiromi Tango: On Being Human By Susan Acret, Singapore

There is a luminescence to Hiromi Tango's art practice that is perhaps a brightness born out of darkness; a mysterious, beguiling playfulness that hints at more serious matters. Her art is distinctive

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Hammad Nasar Ocula Conversation Hammad Nasar By Susan Acret, London

I met Hammad Nasar at the fledgling Hong Kong International Art Fair in 2008 (four years later the fair had transformed into the slick Hong Kong Art Basel), manning the Green Cardamom booth, a gall

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Mami Kataoka Ocula Conversation Mami Kataoka By Susan Acret, Sydney

I feel one needs to ask, what role can a biennale have in 2018?

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John Kaldor Ocula Conversation John Kaldor By Susan Acret, Sydney

I began to feel that collecting was a very selfish thing because you see it, your family sees it, friends see it, but the general public doesn't.

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Amna Naqvi Ocula Conversation Amna Naqvi By Susan Acret, Hong Kong

Art and culture are susceptible to the rampant global homogenisation that is occurring today, and we felt that there were ideas, philosophies, voices and opinions that needed to be discovered and explored.

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APT8: A fragmenting vision of the future Ocula Feature APT8: A fragmenting vision of the future By Susan Acret, Brisbane

It is 16 years since I last visited an Asia Pacific Triennial and it is heartening to see that although APT8 is a very different beast from the ground-breaking APTs of the 1990s, this edition h

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Art Underground: An Ocula Report from Tehran Ocula Feature Art Underground: An Ocula Report from Tehran By Susan Acret, Tehran

With the recent nuclear rapprochement, Iran is on the brink of the end of sanctions. This, along with new-found freedoms that arrived with the government of Hassan Rouhani in 2013, has fostered

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Contemporary Artists In Hong Kong Ocula Feature Contemporary Artists In Hong Kong By Susan Acret, Hong Kong

Contemporary art in Hong Kong is having a bit of a zeitgeist moment: art is in the news more than ever as Art Basel Hong Kong makes it debut, and a number of other fairs and numerous gallery shows compete for attention. But what does it mean to be a ‘Hong Kong artist’? A number of emerging and mid-career artists are tackling this...

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