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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See 23 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai

Firenze Lai says that she knows her studio of a few hundred square feet intimately; from the textures of its surfaces to the way the breeze blows into the room. The spaces depicted in her paintings are equally intimate. When curators seem to be at a loss for words to discuss troubled times, fear of containment, and the feeling of being completely...

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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Hong Kong photo exhibition tells story of Chinese city of Yantai

Vanessa Yung South China Morning Post 14 May 2015
Sister Act: Eldest Sister In Her Barber Shop from the series Shift. Image courtesy of SCMP

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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