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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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Hong Kong Artists Break Loose from Confines of Market Forces Amid Art BAsel

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Kacey Wong shows off another of his 'protest' works. Photo: Bruce Yan

All eyes are on art sales and international big names this week as Art Basel and its satellite fairs open in town. But Hong Kong artists are striving to counter the commercial force of the established Swiss-based show by offering their own narratives outside of the fair grounds.

Across the harbour, artists in Chai Wan Industrial City are also launching a "grass-roots" arts festival, Chai Wan Mei, this weekend. Organisers say they aim to offer the public an artistic experience outside a market context.

At AJC Gallery in Central, Kacey Wong is displaying political art at his solo exhibition, "Art of Protest - Resisting Against Absurdity". On show is a collection of Wong's works that have appeared in protests since 2011, including the annual July 1 march and the 79-day Occupy Central sit-ins last year.

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