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Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City Ocula Report Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City 8 Dec 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

The nation-state—a nation (a people) presided over by a governing body with jurisdiction over a defined territory (the state)—is either going through a renaissance or demise, depending on one's perspective. There has been talk about the nation-state's end for years—from a 2013 United States National Intelligence Council report...

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Anita Dube Ocula Conversation Anita Dube

On 12 December 2018, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB), referred to as 'the people's Biennale', will open its fourth edition to the public. Considered one of the most significant large-scale exhibitions in South Asia, and by far one of the most attended art events in the subcontinent, this edition is curated by the New Delhi-based artist and critic...

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The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial Keeps Up With The Zeitgeist Ocula Report The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial Keeps Up With The Zeitgeist 8 Dec 2018 : Susan Acret for Ocula

Looking through the windows that front Indonesian artist Aditya Novali's wall installation The Wall: Asian (Un)Real Estate Project (2011), a series of miniature apartments come into view: private interiors that are sometimes bland, strange or garish (Hello Kitty decor characterises one space, for example, while multiple Duchamp-like toilets appear...

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Anita Dube Ocula Conversation Anita Dube

On 12 December 2018, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB), referred to as 'the people's Biennale', will open its fourth edition to the public. Considered one of the most significant large-scale exhibitions in South Asia, and by far one of the most attended art events in the subcontinent, this edition is curated by the New Delhi-based artist and critic...

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Cuauhtémoc Medina Ocula Conversation Cuauhtémoc Medina Curator, 12th Shanghai Biennale

Launched in 1996 and now in its twelfth edition, the Shanghai Biennale is the longest-running biennial in China, presented at the Power Station of Art, China's only government-funded art space in a landscape dominated by private museums. This year's edition (10 November 2018–10 March 2019), curated by Mexican-born Cuauhtémoc Medina, brings together...

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Patricia Piccinini & Victoria Lynn Ocula Conversation
In collaboration with TarraWarra Museum of Art
Patricia Piccinini & Victoria Lynn

Patricia Piccinini & Joy Hester: Through love ... at TarraWarra Museum of Art (24 November 2018–11 March 2019) is an exhibition that reveals shared explorations of love, intimacy, and relationships in the work of two of Australia's leading artists. This is the first exhibition to explore the conceptual links between the works of Patricia...

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Simon Wang Ocula Conversation Simon Wang Gallerist

In 2013, Simon Wang founded Antenna Space in Shanghai's M50 art district in response to a growing interest in contemporary art in his city. The diverse artists on the gallery's roster include Guan Xiao (known for her conceptual videos and installations), conceptual artist Nadim Abbas, and painters Allison Katz, Xinyi Cheng, and Cui Jie, among...

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Vincent Namatjira Ocula Conversation Vincent Namatjira Artist

Vincent Namatjira relishes painting famous people who are humorously redeployed across vivid canvases and depicted in his community in remote Indulkana in South Australia. His powerful paintings are part portraiture and part caricature, in which politicians are placed side by side in wryly preposterous juxtapositions, such as Donald Trump and Kim...

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Cao Fei Ocula Conversation Cao Fei Artist

Cao Fei's first large-scale institutional exhibition in Asia, A hollow in a world too full (8 September 2018–4 January 2019), is taking place at Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong, the city's new non-profit art centre housed in a former colonial police and prison complex in Central. Organised in collaboration with Ullens Center for Contemporary Art...

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Charwei Tsai Ocula Conversation Charwei Tsai Artist

Taiwanese artist Charwei Tsai's memorising and compulsive writing of the Heart Sutra—a Buddhist scripture that distills the wisdom of impermanence—is at the heart of her practice. Over the past ten years, Tsai has moved from writing to drawing, photography, and film—a selection of which is being presented at the Centre for Chinese...

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Park Seo-Bo Ocula Conversation Park Seo-Bo Artist

Park Seo-Bo is widely recognised as the godfather of modern Korean art. The artist played an instrumental role in nurturing the careers of emerging artists and for his own contribution to the formation of Dansaekhwa—the Korean monochromatic painting movement that emerged in the mid-1970s. In the spring of 2018, Park was recognised with the...

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Catherine Opie Ocula Conversation Catherine Opie Artist

In the 1990s, American photographer Catherine Opie rose to fame for her portraits of the lesbian and gay community in Los Angeles. Inspired by the documentary photographs of Berenice Abbott, Lewis Hine and Dorothea Lange, among others, Opie cast her otherwise misunderstood and marginalised subjects as dignified individuals through formal...

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Stefanie Hessler, Kostis Stafylakis and Poka-Yio Ocula Conversation Stefanie Hessler, Kostis Stafylakis and Poka-Yio Curators, 6th Athens Biennale

In February 2007, the Athens Biennale announced its first edition, Destroy Athens, by distributing crumpled golden cards with dates and details among artists and art historians during a conference staged at the Goethe-Institut in Athens, Prayer for (Passive?) Resistance. The project seemed like a performative joke orchestrated by artist Poka-Yio,...

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Lee Kit Ocula Conversation Lee Kit Artist

Lee Kit's enigmatic practice pairs intangible elements such as light and sound with painting, moving image, and readymade objects to create meditative installations—or 'situations', as the artist frequently calls them. These situations often comprise paintings upon which light is cast from a projector, creating a visual experience more...

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Cristina Ricupero and Jörg Heiser Ocula Conversation Cristina Ricupero and Jörg Heiser Curators, Busan Biennale

Divided We Stand, the tongue-in-cheek title of the 9th Busan Biennale (8 September–1 November 2018), speaks to the psychological effects of borders on individual and collective social consciousness. Co-curated by artistic directors Cristina Ricupero and Jörg Heiser, with guest curator Gahee Park, the exhibition explores the divisions haunting...

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Dr Apinan Poshyananda Ocula Conversation Dr Apinan Poshyananda Artistic Director, 1st Bangkok Art Biennale

The first edition of the Bangkok Art Biennale (BAB), Beyond Bliss, ran from 19 October 2018 to 3 February 2019 at 20 locations across the Thai capital, including heritage landmarks such as the East Asiatic Building, a Venetian-style old-world delight, and two of the city's most visited temples: Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun...

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Paulo Sérgio Duarte on Antonio Dias Ocula Conversation Paulo Sérgio Duarte on Antonio Dias Art historian, critic and curator

In 1963, at the age of 19, Antonio Dias emerged as one of the leading artists in Brazil with confrontational paintings like Ahh! (1963), in which red and black cartoon figures appear to fuse together as they engage in hair-raising combat. As the military dictatorship took power in 1964, transformations in art and culture exposed Dias to the...

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Ekaterina Degot Ocula Conversation Ekaterina Degot Director, steirischer herbst

Inaugurated in 1968, steirischer herbst is an annual multidisciplinary art festival in Graz, Austria. Every few years, the festival reinvents itself by inviting a new director to lead the event, with Ekaterina Degot recently taking on the role for the next five.Degot's stated intention for her tenure as director of steirischer herbst is to turn...

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Suki Seokyeong Kang Ocula Conversation Suki Seokyeong Kang Artist

In June 2018, Suki Seokyeong Kang was awarded the Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel, alongside Lawrence Abu Hamdan: an annual award given to two emerging artists exhibited in the fair's Statements sector. Showing with One and J. Gallery, Kang presented an installation of abstract sculptures including GRANDMOTHER TOWER–tow #18-02 (2018), composed of...

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Soda_Jerk Ocula Conversation Soda_Jerk Artists

Soda_Jerk are a New York-based art duo made up of Australian siblings Dan and Dominique Angeloro. They are known for their mash-up video works, which sit between speculative fiction and documentary. Their sample-based practice originated in Sydney in 2002 and comprises films, video installations, cut-up texts, and lecture performances.In 2016,...

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Catherine Sullivan Ocula Conversation Catherine Sullivan Artist

Catherine Sullivan's artistic practice crosses genres and histories of art, theatre, movement, and performance with poetry, literature, sound and popular culture, taking the actor as medium in the process. A former actor herself, Sullivan attended the California Institute of the Arts and the Art Center College of Design where she studied under Mike...

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