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Who Is Melly Shum? On FKA Witte de With’s Name Change Ocula Feature Who Is Melly Shum? On FKA Witte de With’s Name Change By Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, Rotterdam

On 2 October 2020, the institution formerly known as Contemporary Art Centre Witte de With (FKA WdW) announced its new name, Kunstinstituut Melly. The result of a three-year process initiated by an open letter sent in June 2017 by Egbert Alejandro Martina, Ramona Sno, Hodan Warsame, Patricia Schor, Amal Alhaag, and Maria Guggenbichler.

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Womanifesto: Crafting Communities at Asia Art Archive Ocula Feature Womanifesto: Crafting Communities at Asia Art Archive By Emily Verla Bovino, Hong Kong

At Hong Kong's Asia Art Archive, Crafting Communities charts the history of Womanifesto, a feminist biennial in Thailand that contributed efforts towards gender equity and socio-economic justice.

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steirischer herbst ’20: Becoming Paranoia TV Ocula Feature steirischer herbst ’20: Becoming Paranoia TV By Cindy Sissokho, Graz

Led by director and chief curator Ekaterina Degot for the third consecutive year, steirischer herbst '20: Paranoia TV was all about reinventing itself to accommodate the new scenario of Covid-19.

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Korean Galleries in Focus at SWAB Barcelona's Virtual Fair Ocula Feature Korean Galleries in Focus at SWAB Barcelona's Virtual Fair By Sherry Paik, Seoul

Returning this year with its first virtual edition, SWAB Barcelona Art Fair (1–15 October 2020) will highlight four Seoul-based galleries as part of Focus Korea: One Four, Art Delight, Gallery Absinthe, and g.gallery.

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Textures of Life, Death, and Data in Trevor Paglen's 'Bloom' Ocula Feature Textures of Life, Death, and Data in Trevor Paglen's 'Bloom' By Sam Gaskin, London

The MacArthur genius grant winner's solo exhibition at Pace Gallery in London looks at the weird, partial ways computers look back at us.

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Politics and Aesthetics at the 11th Berlin Biennale Ocula Feature Politics and Aesthetics at the 11th Berlin Biennale By Mohammad Salemy, Berlin

The 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art 'is the exhibition that Berlin and its art world needs in the current political climate', reports Mohammad Salemy.

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Louis Soutter: Signs Ahead of Time Ocula Feature Louis Soutter: Signs Ahead of Time By Tessa Moldan, Paris

In 1923, interned against his will in a hospice for the elderly in Ballaigues, Switzerland, Louis Soutter began producing a body of work that attracted the support of his cousin, Le Corbusier, among others in an avid circle.

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Non-Aligned Histories Converse at NTU CCA Singapore Ocula Feature Non-Aligned Histories Converse at NTU CCA Singapore By Stephanie Bailey, Singapore

Non-Aligned brings histories of decolonisation in dialogue through three video works by John Akomfrah, Naeem Mohaiemen, and The Otolith Group.

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Gallery Weekend Berlin: Shows to See Ocula Feature Gallery Weekend Berlin: Shows to See By Tessa Moldan, Berlin

First launched in 2012, Gallery Weekend Berlin returns this year between 11 and 13 September 2020 as the leading light of the city's wider art week, which sees exhibitions opening at galleries and institutions alike.

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Huguette Caland: A Movement of Her Own Ocula Feature Huguette Caland: A Movement of Her Own By Stephanie Bailey, Doha

Leaving Beirut in 1970, Huguette Caland sought artistic freedom in Paris and later Venice, California, developing an idiosyncratic style of painting defined by delicate, fluid lines and rich colours.

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The Art and Science of Collecting Emerging Art Ocula Feature The Art and Science of Collecting Emerging Art By Tolla Sloane, London

Tolla Sloane looks at the art and science of collecting emerging art, focusing on the work of France-Lise McGurn and Holly Hendry.

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Tina Girouard's Elevated Patterns Ocula Feature Tina Girouard's Elevated Patterns By Tessa Moldan, London

Occupying and dissolving the boundaries of artmaking, Tina Girouard helped paved the way for New York's experimental art scene of the 1970s.

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Yao Jui-Chung’s Cynical Republic Ocula Feature Yao Jui-Chung’s Cynical Republic By Penny Liu, Taipei

The former Air Force Command Headquarters in Taipei, covering an area of ​​70,000 square metres in the city's Da'an District, became a cultural experimentation ground when the Taiwan Living Arts Foundation established the Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab (C-LAB) on the site in 2018. The site's recent show, Yao Jui-Chung's Republic of Cynic...

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Mrinalini Mukherjee: Force(s) of Nature Ocula Feature Mrinalini Mukherjee: Force(s) of Nature By Stephanie Bailey, Mumbai

Bagh , which translates to garden, is a fitting title for Jhaveri Contemporary 's current exhibition of works by Mrinalini Mukherjee (29 February–31 July 2020). It was in the garden towns of her youth where Mukherjee developed a deep and enduring relationship with nature that charged her practice. The exhibition marks the first time...

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My Body Holds Its Shape: Curating Responsively in Hong Kong Ocula Feature My Body Holds Its Shape: Curating Responsively in Hong Kong By Emily Verla Bovino, Hong Kong

As Hong Kong struggles with Covid-19 and makes sense of a new national security law, Emily Verla Bovino reflects on Tai Kwun Contemporary's group show My Body Holds Its Shape, curated by Xue Tan.

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Frank Walter's Expanding Universe Ocula Feature Frank Walter's Expanding Universe By Stephanie Bailey, London

Aside from being a multidisciplinary artist, Walter was also an astonishing polymath, as demonstrated by vitrines filled withphotographs, clippings, musical scores, poems, and notes

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How to Make a Sculpture Park that Doesn’t Suck Ocula Feature How to Make a Sculpture Park that Doesn’t Suck By Georges Armaos, London

After researching 75 top sculpture parks and highlighting a 'magnificent seven' parks around the world, Gagosian's Georges Armaos has a formula for creating art sites that succeed publicly, critically, and financially. It's not easy.

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Paris Gallery Weekend: Exhibitions to See Ocula Feature Paris Gallery Weekend: Exhibitions to See By Tessa Moldan, Paris

Between 2 and 5 July 2020, Paris Gallery Weekend brings together the best of the city's art scene for its seventh edition. This Ocula Lowdown presents a selection of highlights to catch.

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Meditations in an Emergency: Solace and Solidarity at UCCA Ocula Feature Meditations in an Emergency: Solace and Solidarity at UCCA By Penny Liu, Beijing

After the longest closure in its history, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing reopens with Meditations in an Emergency—a group show exploring themes of solace and solidarity in the work of 26 artists.

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Melbourne’s Art Scene: Nine Online Programmes Ocula Feature Melbourne’s Art Scene: Nine Online Programmes By Tessa Moldan, Melbourne

With Melbourne Art Fair's Viewing Rooms being launched with Ocula between 1 and 7 June 2020, this lowdown provides of further online programmes to connect with the city's scene.

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Gallery Weekend Beijing: Exhibition Lowdown Ocula Feature Gallery Weekend Beijing: Exhibition Lowdown By Tessa Moldan, Beijing

Between 22 and 31 May, Gallery Weekend Beijing returns for its fourth edition across 798 Art District. This lowdown provides a selection of exhibitions to catch as spring turns to summer in the capital.

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Exhibitions to See in Hong Kong Ocula Feature Exhibitions to See in Hong Kong By Tessa Moldan, Hong Kong

As Hong Kong gradually opens up after months of lockdown, this lowdown provides a selection of exhibitions taking place throughout the summer.

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Taipei Stays Open: Shows to See Ocula Feature Taipei Stays Open: Shows to See By Tessa Moldan, Taipei

With Taipei Dangdai launching the online platform Taipei Connections (2–5 May 2020) to connect galleries with collectors prior to the fair's January 2021 edition, we take a look at exhibitions taking place across Taipei's art scene.

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Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere Ocula Feature Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere By Soo-Min Shim, Sydney

'This year's Biennale of Sydney seems like a corrective,' writes Soo-Min Shim, 'prioritising autonomy in an international exhibition format that has all too often omitted or sidelined First Nations artists.'

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