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Isaac Chong Wai on Falling Carefully Ocula Conversation Isaac Chong Wai on Falling Carefully By Tessa Moldan, Berlin

Born in Guangdong in 1990, Hong Kong artist Isaac Chong Wai casts his artistic lens from his current base in Berlin, using video, performance, and sculpture to visualise distributions of power and knowledge within human relationships and social systems. Having received an MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies from...

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Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi: Developing Art Histories Ocula Conversation
In Partnership with Delfina Foundation
Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi: Developing Art Histories By Rose Lejeune, London

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi is the founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation, an organisation based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, dedicated to managing, preserving, and exhibiting an extensive collection of modern and contemporary Arab art. Established in 2010, the Foundation maintains an exhibition programme at its base in Sharjah, and continues to...

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Maureen Paley: A Trailblazing Gallerist Ocula Conversation Maureen Paley: A Trailblazing Gallerist By Rory Mitchell, London

After moving to London from her native East Coast of the United States, Maureen Paley opened her first gallery in the front room of her Victorian terraced house in 1984. She gave numerous international artists, including Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Mike Kelley, Charles Ray, and Christian Marclay their first exhibitions in London, quickly...

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Karla Dickens: ‘the more you know the rules, the more fun it is to break them’ Ocula Conversation Karla Dickens: ‘the more you know the rules, the more fun it is to break them’ By Emma-Kate Wilson, Sydney

Karla Dickens is an artist with Wiradjuri heritage, who combines fine art drawing and painting with rustic, abandoned materials imbued with history and contextual meaning, layered into mixed-media installations and sculptural collages on boards. In 2019, Dickens was among six contemporary women artists from New South Wales commissioned to...

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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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