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Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City Ocula Report Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City 8 Dec 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

The nation-state—a nation (a people) presided over by a governing body with jurisdiction over a defined territory (the state)—is either going through a renaissance or demise, depending on one's perspective. There has been talk about the nation-state's end for years—from a 2013 United States National Intelligence Council report...

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Anita Dube Ocula Conversation Anita Dube

On 12 December 2018, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB), referred to as 'the people's Biennale', will open its fourth edition to the public. Considered one of the most significant large-scale exhibitions in South Asia, and by far one of the most attended art events in the subcontinent, this edition is curated by the New Delhi-based artist and critic...

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The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial Keeps Up With The Zeitgeist Ocula Report The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial Keeps Up With The Zeitgeist 8 Dec 2018 : Susan Acret for Ocula

Looking through the windows that front Indonesian artist Aditya Novali's wall installation The Wall: Asian (Un)Real Estate Project (2011), a series of miniature apartments come into view: private interiors that are sometimes bland, strange or garish (Hello Kitty decor characterises one space, for example, while multiple Duchamp-like toilets appear...

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Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City Ocula Report Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City 8 Dec 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

The nation-state—a nation (a people) presided over by a governing body with jurisdiction over a defined territory (the state)—is either going through a renaissance or demise, depending on one's perspective. There has been talk about the nation-state's end for years—from a 2013 United States National Intelligence Council report...

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The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial Keeps Up With The Zeitgeist Ocula Report The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial Keeps Up With The Zeitgeist 8 Dec 2018 : Susan Acret for Ocula

Looking through the windows that front Indonesian artist Aditya Novali's wall installation The Wall: Asian (Un)Real Estate Project (2011), a series of miniature apartments come into view: private interiors that are sometimes bland, strange or garish (Hello Kitty decor characterises one space, for example, while multiple Duchamp-like toilets appear...

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Casablanca's Biennial Suffers Last-Minute Losses Ocula Report Casablanca's Biennial Suffers Last-Minute Losses 1 Dec 2018 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Casablanca is a city celebrated for its progressive modernist architecture. In 1917, it became the second city in the world after New York to adopt a comprehensive masterplan for its urban development. Today, this sprawling metropolis, the largest in Morocco, is viewed as 'a nexus of confluence for new international architecture and planning ideas...

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Ch.ACO's Tenth Edition in Transformation Ocula Report Ch.ACO's Tenth Edition in Transformation 1 Dec 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

It was a bold decision to stage the tenth edition of Chile Arte Contemporaneo, or Ch.ACO (22–26 November 2018), in the semi-open-air spaces of a PazCorp real estate project in the upscale suburb of Vitacura. (Since 2016, different buildings undergoing renovation or construction have hosted the fair, mostly around Vitacura.) This concrete...

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ART X Lagos: Nigeria’s Art Renaissance Ocula Report ART X Lagos: Nigeria’s Art Renaissance 17 Nov 2018 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Nigeria's art scene has flourished over the last decade, leading to a renewed interest in cultivating and supporting modern and contemporary art in the country. Ranked Africa's largest economy in 2017, making up 0.8 percent of the world's GDP, a surge in wealth amongst some individuals has led to a developing collector base (not to mention rising...

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Shanghai's West Bund and Art021 fairs overlap in 2018 Ocula Report Shanghai's West Bund and Art021 fairs overlap in 2018 17 Nov 2018 : Diana d’Arenberg for Ocula

The last time I visited West Bund Art & Design was four years ago, when the fair was in its first year of operation: a small, boutique offering held in a cavernous hangar that seemed too big for it. Much has changed since then. Mirroring the rapid development of the city itself, West Bund has grown from 25 galleries in 2014 to a fair that...

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Focus Kazakhstan–Thinking Collections: Telling Tales Ocula Report Focus Kazakhstan–Thinking Collections: Telling Tales 15 Nov 2018 : Fawz Kabra for Ocula

Kazakhstan has been inhabited since the Paleolithic period. Its etymology comes from kazakh, meaning 'wanderer', and stan, which in Persian means 'land'. And so the country—ninth largest in the world—is literally translated to 'land of the wanderers'. From Genghis Khan's Mongolian Empire to the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, the...

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Art Taipei 2018: In Flux Ocula Report Art Taipei 2018: In Flux 10 Nov 2018 : Diana d’Arenberg for Ocula

'There is nothing more boring than the story of decline,' a journalist remarked at an art criticism panel I attended the evening before making the trip to see Art Taipei (26–29 October 2018). As I attended the opening night of Asia's oldest art fair, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, those words rang in my head. Wandering up and down...

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Crush at Para Site: What if you couldn’t have it? Ocula Report Crush at Para Site: What if you couldn’t have it? 10 Nov 2018 : Hera Chan for Ocula

Drawn on paper by Oscar Chan Yik Long in gestural black ink strokes, Cupid (2015) greets visitors with a sinister toothy smile as they enter Para Site. The strikingly fearsome figure is positioned on the wall of the gallery's entrance, near one of Chen Dandizi's vertical neon tube lights, part of the series 'Tick Away' (2015), along which a...

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Qalandiya International IV: Solidarity Ocula Report Qalandiya International IV: Solidarity 2 Nov 2018 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

Written at the time of the Persian Gulf War of 1991, the long poem An Atlas of the Difficult World (1991) by American poet Adrienne Rich takes the reader on a poetic journey from California to Vermont, collecting stories and signs of a nation which, as the poet writes, has not met the basic needs of its citizens. Rich's poem interrogates national...

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Shanghai Art Exhibitions to See: The Lowdown Ocula Report Shanghai Art Exhibitions to See: The Lowdown 2 Nov 2018 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

There is no official Shanghai Art Week, but the term has nevertheless entered the lexicon of the city's contemporary art community. It's especially apt this year, with the firmly established West Bund Art Fair (8–11 November 2018) and Art021 (9–11 November 2018) taking place the same week that the 12th Shanghai Biennale opens at the Power Station...

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Asia Now, FIAC and Paris Internationale: A walk-through Ocula Report Asia Now, FIAC and Paris Internationale: A walk-through 26 Oct 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

Located next to the Japanese embassy, it was only a matter of time before Japan would become the focus of Asia Now's annual Platform, with the nation-wide Japonismes 2018 offering a catalyst to do so. The Japanese Platform for the 4th Asia Now (17–21 October 2018) was organised by Emmanuelle de Montgazon, associate curator of the Japanese Season at...

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Shows to See in Taipei: The Lowdown Ocula Report Shows to See in Taipei: The Lowdown 25 Oct 2018 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

With the 11th Taipei Biennial (17 November 2018–10 March 2019) and Art Taipei (26–29 October 2018) taking place this autumn, Tessa Moldan gives a rundown of what exhibitions to see at galleries, art spaces and museums across the island nation's capital.Ma Paisui: Trips of LifeAsia Art Center Taipei II, 93 Lequn 2nd Rd, Zhongshan District25...

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Hong Kong Exhibitions to See: The Lowdown Ocula Report Hong Kong Exhibitions to See: The Lowdown 19 Oct 2018 : Diana d’Arenberg for Ocula

From Cao Fei's first large-scale institutional exhibition in Asia, to a showing of historical works by Robert Rauschenberg, Ocula contributor Diana d'Arenberg offers her lowdown of shows to see in Hong Kong this autumn.Cao Fei: A hollow in a world too fullTai Kwun Contemporary, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central8 September 2018–4 January 2019Following on...

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PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai 2018 Ocula Report PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai 2018 15 Oct 2018 : Georgina Adam for Ocula

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai held its fifth edition between 21 and 23 September 2018. As in previous years, the event was held in the Shanghai Exhibition Center—a neoclassical construction dating from 1955, built in the form of a central hall with two curved wings, topped with an ornate and unmissable 110-metre spire. The building is surprisingly...

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Frieze Week 2018: London, Masters and 1-54 Wrap-up Ocula Report Frieze Week 2018: London, Masters and 1-54 Wrap-up 12 Oct 2018 : Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams for Ocula

A rush of politics kicked off Frieze Week this year, with a talk between Chelsea Manning and James Bridle organised by the Institute of Contemporary Arts at the Royal Institution, three days ahead of the opening of Frieze London, Frieze Masters and 1-54 (4–7 October 2018). The event felt more like a press conference, with attendees seemingly...

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Anni Albers: In Focus Ocula Report Anni Albers: In Focus 6 Oct 2018 : Inga Lace for Ocula

Walking through the Anni Albers exhibition at the K20, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, in Düsseldorf this summer (9 June–9 September 2018), I couldn't help thinking about the 1944 poem by American dancer and artist Raymond Duncan, 'I Sing the Weaver'. The poem talks about weaving as a practice linking a weaver's body to the world; a view that...

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A Journey That Wasn’t at The Broad, Los Angeles Ocula Report A Journey That Wasn’t at The Broad, Los Angeles 29 Sep 2018 : Jareh Das for Ocula

A Journey That Wasn't showcases 55 artworks from the permanent collection of The Broad in Los Angeles, some of which are on view for the first time (30 June 2018–February 2019). Located in the museum's first-floor galleries and curated by Ed Schad and Sarah Loyer (both curators at The Broad), the show explores how artists have dealt with...

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Contemporary Istanbul: Open for business Ocula Report Contemporary Istanbul: Open for business 29 Sep 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

On the surface, it's business as usual on the streets of Istanbul, not to mention the halls of the city's art fair, Contemporary Istanbul (CI)—despite the massive depreciation of Turkey's Lira in 2018, which has seen its value against the US dollar drop nearly 40 percent.1 The currency crash has been blamed on US sanctions, tariffs on Turkish...

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Gwangju Biennale: Imagined Borders Ocula Report Gwangju Biennale: Imagined Borders 20 Sep 2018 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

'I have felt persecuted for weeks by this same asphyxiating dream.' So narrates the forlorn Portuguese speaker in Kiluanji Kia Henda's film, Concrete Affection – Zopo Lady (2014), as city scenes and modernist buildings in Luanda flit past the camera's lens. The narration is pulled from Another Day of Life (1971), Polish writer Ryszard Kapuscinski's...

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London Frieze Week: The Lowdown Ocula Report London Frieze Week: The Lowdown 20 Sep 2018 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Located in Regent's Park, Frieze London has expanded to focus on historical works in recent years, with the introduction of Frieze Masters in 2012, further reinforcing London's position as a leading art destination. Beyond this year's edition (4–7 October 2018), a range of unmissable exhibitions are taking place across London in both commercial and...

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Sydney Contemporary: Bridging the Gap Ocula Report Sydney Contemporary: Bridging the Gap 20 Sep 2018 : Anna Dickie for Ocula

As far as art fair venues go, Sydney Contemporary (13–16 September 2018) has nailed it with Carriageworks, where the fair was once again staged. Formerly a rail yard and now a cultural centre, the space has retained its distinctive 19th-century industrial details, and it offered a striking light-filled backdrop to the fair's crisp white booths, the...

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New York Autumn Exhibitions: The Lowdown Ocula Report New York Autumn Exhibitions: The Lowdown 14 Sep 2018 : Jareh Das for Ocula

The autumn exhibition season has officially kicked off in New York, with countless solo and group exhibitions featuring emerging, mid-career, and established artists, with some exhibiting works in the US for the first time. With a host of exhibitions to choose from, including a series of stellar museum exhibitions whose runs are nearing completion,...

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33rd Bienal de São Paulo: Affective Affinities Ocula Report 33rd Bienal de São Paulo: Affective Affinities 14 Sep 2018 : Camila Bechelany for Ocula

Founded in 1951, the Bienal de São Paulo is the second oldest biennial in the world after the Venice Biennale, which was founded in 1895. Today, the Bienal sits comfortably as the largest art exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere: the 2016 edition received over 900 thousand visitors, and the event has been credited with generating approximately 300...

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