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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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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Fiona Hall Ocula Conversation Fiona Hall Artist, Australia

Fiona Hall represented Australia at the 56th Venice Biennale. Hall first emerged in the 1970s as a photographer, but during the 1980s moved to using a diverse range of art forms. Her ever-growing repertoire includes sculpture, painting, installation, video and garden design.The Adelaide-based artist is the sole artist exhibiting at the...

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Natalie King And Youngmi Park Ocula Conversation Natalie King And Youngmi Park Co-Curators, 'Episodes: Australian Photography Now', Dong Gang International Photo Festival

Now in its 13th edition, the Dong Gang International Photo Festival takes place in the city of Yeongwol, about 3 hours drive east of Seoul. Since 2009, guest curators from different countries have been invited to curate an exhibition for the Festival, including France, Germany, USA, Japan and UK. This year the invitation was extended to...

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Trading Histories For Futures: A Report From Art Dubai And The Sharjah March Meeting Ocula Report Trading Histories For Futures: A Report From Art Dubai And The Sharjah March Meeting 25 Mar 2014 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In a scene from Eric Baudelaire’s film The Ugly One dubbed 'The Syrian Dinner', a group of friends argue around a dinner table over Syria from the perspective of Beirut, where the film, based on a story by Masao Adachi, is set. The scene expresses dissonance contained within a “harmonious” communal space (the dinner...

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Andy Dinan Ocula Conversation Andy Dinan Founder, [MARS] Gallery, Melbourne

MARS (Melbourne Art Rooms) was established by gallerist Andy Dinan in Port Melbourne in 2004 and now, in its tenth year, is celebrating by opening a purpose-built gallery in Windsor. The new space will represent something of a rebirth for the well-established gallery with new artists and new projects. Ocula spoke with Andy about the decision to...

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Karen And Dr. Dirk Zadra Ocula Conversation Karen And Dr. Dirk Zadra Directors, Marshall Arts, Adelaide

Established in 2001, Marshall Arts specialises in Australian contemporary art from remote Indigenous art centres. The gallery also programs exhibitions of invited artists from diverse cultural backgrounds whose practice engages with ideas of country/nation, culture and identity, across all media. Ocula caught up with the directors, Karen and Dr....

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Alexie Glass-Kantor Ocula Conversation Alexie Glass-Kantor Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney

Alexie Glass-Kantor recently took the helm at Artspace, Sydney with her appointment as its Executive Director. One of Australia’s most highly regarded independent cultural centres, Artspace is involved in publishing, public programming, and in-house residencies. Previously Glass-Kantor was the Director and Senior Curator of Gertrude...

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Bill Henson Ocula Conversation Bill Henson Artist, Australia / Part two of a two part interview

Faced with the daunting, but intriguing challenge of interviewing one of Australia’s most distinguished artists, Bill Henson, I did the contemporary obvious – I googled him.  The result was, as one would expect, slightly polarized. His recent withdrawal of work from the Adelaide Biennale following a police complaint had...

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Australian artists and galleries in Art Basel, Hong Kong Related Press Australian artists and galleries in Art Basel, Hong Kong Art Almanac : 16 March 2017

From 23 to 25 March, the 5th edition of Art Basel, Hong Kong will showcase 242 premier galleries from 34 countries and territories—including Australia—presenting works of the highest quality, ranging from the Modern period of the early 20th century to today's most contemporary artists in three specific categories: Galleries,...

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Holiday arts guide: What to see around Australia this summer Related Press Holiday arts guide: What to see around Australia this summer The Sydney Morning Herald : 28 December 2016

Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect With Everything, Museum of Contemporary Art, until March 5The Museum of Contemporary Art has bagged Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima's first major show in the Southern Hemisphere. The retrospective explores the concept of time and its passing, through room-size installations with sculptures, lighting, video performance and...

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Artist spotlight: Dan Withey Related Press Artist spotlight: Dan Withey Collage Adelaide : 29 August 2016

If you tell kids today that Dan Withey’s brilliant art recalls the works of great Reg Mombassa, a lot of them will unfortunately be shaking their heads asking who that is. However, if you tell them instead that Dan’s works are reminiscent of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time and Regular Show, there will definitely be a rabid queue...

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Julia Robinson and Greg Geraghty at GAG Projects Related Press Julia Robinson and Greg Geraghty at GAG Projects Artist Profile : 2 August 2016

In The Song of Master John Goodfellow Adelaide artist Julia Robinson fuses together plants forms with practices of costuming and adornment as she explores themes of fecundity, ritual and the cycle of the seasons.Whilst Robinson’s practice is embedded in interests in the occult, superstition and rituals surrounding the human experience of...

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Artist Profile: Annette Bezor Related Press Artist Profile: Annette Bezor Artist Profile : 7 June 2016

Annette Bezor has been painting since the 1980s and during this time she has produced large-scale works that showcase the faces of many women. Some of her subjects are recognisably famous and they can be seen depicted in moments of heightened beauty and momentary elevation. The transfixing pose of each subject finds its way through the overlays of...

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Art as therapy with David Griggs Related Press Art as therapy with David Griggs The Adelaide Review : 17 May 2016

Griggs’ current exhibition at GAG Projects, Horror Business, is a personal exploration into the dark side. “I consider the works in the show to be primal, violent, comedic, sublime and honest,” Griggs says.

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Adelaide Biennial Related Press Adelaide Biennial EyeContact : 3 May 2016

Magic Object - the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art - aims to reconceptualise the practices of 25 contemporary Australian artists as varying forms of esoteric craft, repositioning each artist within the role of a magician. Magic Object has expressed this repositioning through the Renaissance display method of the Wunderkammer or...

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Review: 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art Related Press Review: 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art The Sydney Morning Herald : 15 March 2016

Adelaide has thrown down the gauntlet for this year's Sydney Biennale with a show that sparkles like a revolving disco ball.I can't recall an exhibition of contemporary Australian art which has opened with more positive energy than the 2016 Adelaide Biennial: Magic Object.It's a tour-de-force for the undervalued Australian art...

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