Susan Acret

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 's practice often finds inspiration in institutional archives, but his intentions go beyond the archaeological: he is not primarily interested in discovering or documenting the past, but in 'un-cementing' history's hold on events, people and beliefs, and in doing so, freeing the discussions taking place today from...

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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 for the bowerbird-like use of brightly coloured cloth, cord, rope, neon lighting, mirrors and other man-made detritus of the contemporary world....

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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 gallery and arts organisation he and his partner Anita Dawood founded in 2004 with the aim that the art they sold would finance their non-commercial...

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Mami Kataoka Ocula Conversation Mami Kataoka By Susan Acret, Sydney

Mami Kataoka has been the chief curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo since 2003. Also a writer, lecturer and professor, Kataoka has proven her intimate knowledge for trends within contemporary Asian art, addressing social, cultural and historical themes in the multitude of projects she has curated in the past decades. Exhibitions...

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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

Amna Naqvi is a collector, philanthropist and gallerist who lives in Hong Kong. She and her husband Ali Naqvi recently set up the AAN Foundation to further their ability to support, exhibit and disseminate information about contemporary and modern Asian art, with a focus on Pakistan. The AAN Foundation has plans to make their collection of over...

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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 has stayed true to the triennial’s philosophy of interacting with the region’s artists in a sustained and very localised way. When the APT was...

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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 a sense of optimism. It seems a fortuitous time to visit and I am keen to see how the city’s artists are depicting this shift. Our trip has been...

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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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