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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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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Hong Kong photo exhibition tells story of Chinese city of Yantai

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Photographer Zhang Xiao's fondest childhood memory of his hometown, Yantai City in Shandong province, is of the carefree times he spent hanging out with his friends, catching fishes and bugs up the hill near the small village in which he grew up.

But ever since he left home at age 20 to study architecture and design at Yantai University before becoming a photojournalist for the Chongqing Morning Post, all his annual Lunar New Year homecomings brought him was an escalating sense of alienation and unfamiliarity.

"The surroundings of my village have been changing rapidly in the past years. There are so many new houses, factories and chemical plants being built, the air and water pollution is getting worse and worse," says the 34-year-old, who became a full-time artist in 2009.

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