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Patrick Sun: Collecting with Pride Ocula Conversation Patrick Sun: Collecting with Pride By Stephanie Bailey

Patrick Sun reflects on his work with the LGBTQ-focused Sunpride Foundation, the role of philanthropy and activism in the arts, and what he has learned in the process of developing an institution that aims to broaden perspectives surrounding identity in Asia.

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Mel O’Callaghan and Dr. Daniel J. Fornari: In Search of Life Ocula Conversation Mel O’Callaghan and Dr. Daniel J. Fornari: In Search of Life By Peta Rake, Brisbane

Working across film, video, performance, painting, and installation, Sydney -born, Paris -based artist Mel O'Callaghan explores the human condition through processes of resistance and endurance. In her video installation Ensemble (2013), most recently shown across a 20-metre-wide space at the National Gallery of Victoria (17 November 2017–12...

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Gary Simmons: History as Residue Ocula Conversation Gary Simmons: History as Residue By Casey Carsel, New York

Looking at the racial stereotypes of 20th-century cartoons, Gary Simmons' canvases are palimpsests in which history is written and rewritten, yet never fully disappears.

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Sarah Sze: The Importance of Impossible Ideas Ocula Conversation Sarah Sze: The Importance of Impossible Ideas By Tessa Moldan, Paris

Sarah Sze 's installations thrive at a tipping point. Frequently rendered to magnificent scale, they are made up of skeletal structures supporting a cosmos of matter: matches, buckets, dried paint, plants, and paper, to give but a sample of the elements frequently assembled in their orbit. From afar, these structures tremble with...

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Cindy Ji Hye Kim: Drawing the Unseen Ocula Conversation Cindy Ji Hye Kim: Drawing the Unseen By Casey Carsel, Brussels

Cindy Ji Hye Kim's latest grayscale drawings, which will go on show at rodolphe janssen from 12 May, lays bare the spectre of violence that exists in conscious and subconscious realms.

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Matthew Shieh: A Family Collection Ocula Conversation
Taipei Connections: Collector Focus
Matthew Shieh: A Family Collection By Stephanie Bailey, Taipei

Matthew Shieh introduces his family collection and its development within the context of Taiwan's arts landscape, where a rich collecting culture is bolstered by global initiatives such as Taipei Connections, an online platform launched by Taipei Dangdai with Ocula (2–5 May 2020).

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

Billie Zangewa discusses sewing from an early age, 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, an overriding theme in the artist's first solo exhibition at Templon in Paris.

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Tuan Andrew Nguyen: The Limits of Narrative Ocula Conversation Tuan Andrew Nguyen: The Limits of Narrative By Vivian Chui, New York

After premiering his film The Specter of Ancestors Becoming at Sharjah Biennial 14, and participating in the group show SOFT POWER at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Tuan Andrew Nguyen presents A Lotus in a Sea of Fire, his first solo at James Cohan in New York.

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Chris Huen Sin Kan: Painting Again and Again Ocula Conversation Chris Huen Sin Kan: Painting Again and Again By Stephanie Bailey, Hong Kong

Chris Huen Sin Kan's paintings accumulate everyday moments into records of the physical world, a collection of which are now on view in Simon Lee Gallery's online exhibition, Puzzled Daydreams.

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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History Ocula Conversation
In Partnership with Artspace Sydney
Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation.

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Nile Koetting: Remain Calm Ocula Conversation Nile Koetting: Remain Calm By Penny Liu, Shanghai

American-Japanese artist Nile Koetting discusses his performative exhibition Remain Calm, which choreographed a vision of catastrophe at the Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project in Shanghai.

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What, How & for Whom: Kunsthalle Wien's Collective of Artistic Directors Ocula Conversation What, How & for Whom: Kunsthalle Wien's Collective of Artistic Directors By Mirela Baciak, Vienna

Having launched their first exhibition ... of bread, wine, cars, security and peace on International Women's Day, the collective What, How & for Whom discuss the challenges of transforming an art institution.

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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 is director of Autograph ABP in London and the curator of the 18th FotoFest Biennial, which looks to cosmologies and disobedient jazz as critical tools for disrupting 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 's paintings lay bare the complex relationship between contemporary life, African traditions, globalisation, and representation. His strikingly sombre portraits contain similarities to those of contemporary painters such as Toyin Ojih Odutola, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Kehinde Wiley, Florine Démosthène, and Tunji...

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Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Ocula Conversation Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism By Tessa Moldan, Brussels

With Monsoon Melody on view at WIELS, Brussels, her largest solo exhibition to date, Thao Nguyen Phan discusses her transition to film to explore colonial legacies and ecological destruction in Vietnam.

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Sophia Al-Maria: The Girl Who Fell to Earth Ocula Conversation Sophia Al-Maria: The Girl Who Fell to Earth By Tendai John Mutambu, London

With Beast Type Song on view at Tate Britain to 23 February, her first solo exhibition in Germany opening at Julia Stoschek Collection in Düsseldorf this March, and a Serpentine Galleries commission launching in summer 2020, Sophia Al-Maria discusses her relationship to literature, screenwriting, and poetry.

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Zadie Xa: Behind the Mask Ocula Conversation Zadie Xa: Behind the Mask By Ellie Wiseman, Bexhill

Zadie Xa reflects on her practice in light of her most ambitious project to date, Child of Magohalmi and the Echoes of Creation (2019), now on view at the De La Warr Pavilion in the British seaside town of Bexhill.

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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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