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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Isa Genzken and Jordan Wolfson, David Zwirner, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Isa Genzken, David Zwirner, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Roy DeCarava, David Zwirner, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
David Zwirner, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Ceal Floyer and Ann Veronica Janssens, Esther Schipper, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Angela Bulloch and Isa Melsheimer, Esther Schipper, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Hito Steyerl and Ceal Floyer, Esther Schipper, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Esther Schipper, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Raul Mourão, Galeria Nara Roesler, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Raul Mourão, Galeria Nara Roesler, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Raul Mourão, Galeria Nara Roesler, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Raul Mourão, Galeria Nara Roesler, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Troika and Jose Dávila, Galería OMR, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Troika, Galería OMR, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Troika, Galería OMR, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Jose Dávila, Galería OMR, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Galeria Plan B, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Galeria Plan B, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Galeria Plan B, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Galerie Buchholz, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Galerie Buchholz, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Isa Genzken and Jutta Koether, Galerie Buchholz, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Simon Denny, Galerie Buchholz, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Galerie Chantal Crousel, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Galerie Chantal Crousel, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Galerie Chantal Crousel, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Hassan Khan, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Galerie Chantal Crousel, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Galerie Chantal Crousel, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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David Schnell, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Martin Gross, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Ryan Mosley, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Galerie Krinzinger, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Galerie Krinzinger, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Galerie Krinzinger, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Waqas Khan, Galerie Krinzinger, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Galerie Lelong & Co. New York, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Nancy Spero, Galerie Lelong & Co. New York, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Alfredo Jaar, Galerie Lelong & Co. New York, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Alfredo Jaar, Galerie Lelong & Co. New York, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Leonardo Drew, Galerie Lelong & Co. New York, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Hauser & Wirth, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Hauser & Wirth, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Mary Heilmann and Zeng Fanzhi, Hauser & Wirth, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
David Smith and Philip Guston, Hauser & Wirth, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Louise Bourgeois and David Hammons, Hauser & Wirth, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Ida Ekblad, Herald St, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Herald St, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Nick Relph, Herald St, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Matt Connors and Trix & Robert Haussmann, Herald St, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Nick Relph and Matt Connors, Herald St, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Michael Dean and Pablo Bronstein, Herald St, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Michael Dean and Ida Ekblad, Herald St, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Matt Pawesk and Tom Wesselmann, Herald St, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Monica Correa. Jhaveri Contemporary, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Monica Correa. Jhaveri Contemporary, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Monica Correa. Jhaveri Contemporary, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Monica Correa. Jhaveri Contemporary, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Bernard Piffaretti, Kate MacGarry, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Bernard Piffaretti, Kate MacGarry, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Hank Willis Thomas and Mary Corse, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Jonathan Wateridge and Ken Price, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Robin Rhode, Lehmann Maupin, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Robin Rhode, Lehmann Maupin, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Robin Rhode, Lehmann Maupin, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Nari Ward and Nicholas Hlobo, Lehmann Maupin, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Wolfgang Tillmans and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Maureen Paley, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Max Hooper Schneider and Anne Hardy, Maureen Paley, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Maureen Paley, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Maureen Paley, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
General Idea, Maureen Paley, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Rebecca Warren, Maureen Paley, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Olivia Plender, Maureen Paley, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Maureen Paley, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Isaac Julien and René Daniëls, Metro Pictures, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Metro Pictures, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
André Butzer, Metro Pictures, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Metro Pictures, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Modern Art, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Modern Art, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Modern Art, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Tim Stoner and Lois Dodd, Modern Art, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Perrotin, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Perrotin, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Perrotin, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Perrotin, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Perrotin, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Perrotin, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Perrotin, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Perrotin, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Pilar Corrias, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Pilar Corrias, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Shahzia Sikander and Tschabalala Self, Pilar Corrias, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Christina Quarles and Shara Hughes, Pilar Corrias, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Sadie Coles HQ, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Alex Da Corte and Martine Syms, Sadie Coles HQ, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Alex Da Corte and Wilhelm Sasnal, Sadie Coles HQ, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Urs Fischer and Alex Da Corte, Sadie Coles HQ, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Jim Lambie and Helen Marten, Sadie Coles HQ, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Nicola Tyson and Co Westerik, Sadie Coles HQ, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Kaari Upson and Cindy Sherman, Sprüth Magers, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Eric Fischl, Sprüth Magers, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Cindy Sherman, Sprüth Magers, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Ryan Gander, Taro Nasu, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Ryan Gander, Taro Nasu, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Ryan Gander, Taro Nasu, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Ryan Gander, Taro Nasu, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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The Modern Institute, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Matt Connors, The Modern Institute, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
The Modern Institute, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
The Modern Institute, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
The Modern Institute, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
The Modern Institute, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Sara Naim, Nima Nabavi and Rana Begum, The Third Line, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Hayv Kahraman and Sara Naim, The Third Line, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
The Third Line, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
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Tracey Emin and Thomas Houseago, Xavier Hufkens, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Robert Mapplethorpe and Zhang Enli, Xavier Hufkens, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Thomas Houseago and Alice Neel, Xavier Hufkens, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Xavier Hufkens, Frieze London (3–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Vik Muniz, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Leiko Ikemura, KEWENIG, Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
LR Vandy, October Gallery, Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Huma Bhabha, Salon 94, Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Emily Young, Bowman Sculpture, Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Lars Fisk, Tudor Ball, Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Iván Argote, Perrotin, Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Iván Argote, Perrotin, Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Bettina Pousttchi, Buchmann Galerie, Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Jaume Plensa, Galerie Lelong & Co., Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Barry Flanagan, Waddington Custot, Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Zak Ové, Lawrie Shabibi, Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Zak Ové, Lawrie Shabibi, Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Joanna Rajkowska, l'étrangère, Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Charlie Godet Thomas, VITRINE, Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Peter Buggenhout, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Ghazaleh Avarzamani, Ab-Anbar, Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Tracey Emin, White Cube, Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Ma Desheng, Rossi & Rossi, Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Robert Indiana, Waddington Custot, Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Robert Indiana, Waddington Custot, Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Robert Indiana, Waddington Custot, Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.
Robert Indiana, Waddington Custot, Frieze Sculpture, Regent's Park, London (3 July–6 October 2019). Courtesy Ocula. Photo: Charles Roussel.

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