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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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FIELD MEETING Take 6: Day 1 Ocula Photolog
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FIELD MEETING Take 6: Day 1 15 March 2019

The first off-site iteration of Asia Contemporary Art Week's (ACAW) acclaimed annual forum, FIELD MEETING Take 6 in Dubai, UAE, staged 35+ newly-commissioned performances, lecture-performances, talks, and a string of pop-ups by today's outstanding artists, curators, and creative minds.

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FIELD MEETING Take 6: Day 2 Ocula Photolog
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FIELD MEETING Take 6: Day 2 15 March 2019

The first off-site iteration of Asia Contemporary Art Week's (ACAW) acclaimed annual forum, FIELD MEETING in Dubai, UAE, staged 35+ newly-commissioned performances, lecture-performances, talks, and a string of pop-ups by today's outstanding artists, curators, and creative minds.

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FIELD MEETING Take 6: Social Festivities Ocula Photolog
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FIELD MEETING Take 6: Social Festivities 15 March 2019

The first off-site iteration of Asia Contemporary Art Week's (ACAW) acclaimed annual forum, FIELD MEETING Take 6 in Dubai, UAE, staged 35+ newly-commissioned performances, lecture-performances, talks, and a string of pop-ups by today's outstanding artists, curators, and creative minds.

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Field Meeting Take 6: Thinking Collections Ocula Insight Field Meeting Take 6: Thinking Collections 1 February 2019

Asia Contemporary Art Week's annual forum, Field Meeting, was staged outside of New York for the first time in 2019, with Take 6: Thinking Collections hosted by Alserkal Avenue in Dubai, concurrent to Quoz Arts Fest (25–26 January 2019). The two-day forum unfolded inside Concrete, Alserkal's impressive OMA-designed space, with pop-up exhibitions...

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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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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #7: 29 October–11 November 2018 Ocula Insight
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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #7: 29 October–11 November 2018 15 November 2018

Culling together artistic and curatorial practices from across Asia, a continent of plural histories and multiple fictions, is no easy task. Especially when that continent has also spawned worldwide diasporas comprising multivalent, transnational artists continually crisscrossing spatial and temporal borders. The effectiveness of Asia Contemporary...

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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #6: 15–26 October 2018 Ocula Insight
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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #6: 15–26 October 2018 5 November 2018

In the final two weeks of October, there seemed to be a shift of focus in the 13th edition of Asia Contemporary Art Week's (ACAW) exhibitions in New York. Beginning on 15 October with Kuwaiti artist Monira Al Qadiri's evening of film and conversation with Assistant Curator Sophie Cavoulacos at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the fortnight's shows...

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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #5: 11–17 October 2018 Ocula Insight
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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #5: 11–17 October 2018 2 November 2018

Far from slowing down, the sixth week of Asia Contemporary Art Week continues to explore and unravel the rich possibilities of 'thinking collections', bringing together a variety of artists, filmmakers, and institutions in transnational and cross-disciplinary dialogue. Together, 'Asian-ness' is not deployed as a homogenising concept, but rather an...

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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #4: 3–9 October 2018 Ocula Insight
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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #4: 3–9 October 2018 23 October 2018

For the first week of Asia Contemporary Art Week's (ACAW) October programming, a series of diverse and thought-provoking events unfolded across various boroughs of New York City.On 3 October, Christopher K Ho staged a walk-through of his solo project Aloha to the World at the Don Ho Terrace (3 October 2018 to 6 January 2019) at The Bronx Museum of...

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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #3: 23–29 September 2018 Ocula Insight
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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #3: 23–29 September 2018 15 October 2018

In this third week of ACAW, which offered the continuing opportunity to engage in 'thinking collections' through the lens of Asian arts practitioners in the city, the identity of collecting and collections found its own centrifugal force, with a fusion, proliferation and collision of ideas. Chen Dongfan and Cyoko Tamai's open studios offered the...

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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #2: 14–23 September 2018 Ocula Insight
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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #2: 14–23 September 2018 5 October 2018

Closing out the first week and ushering in the second of Asia Contemporary Art Week's season-long programme of Asia-focused activities throughout New York City were 'Writing the Indian Modern', and 'Collecting the Indian Modern' at Asia Society. The panels were hosted in conjunction with their new exhibition The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art...

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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #1: 5–15 September 2018 Ocula Insight
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Asia Contemporary Art Week: Diary #1: 5–15 September 2018 21 September 2018

The 13th edition of Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) launched during the first week of September—along with the rest of the New York art world—offering rare insight into artist spaces and practices during one of the most frenetic months of the year. The 2018 iteration of ACAW contains a season-long programme of signature events under...

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Asia Contemporary Art Week 2018 Ocula Photolog
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Asia Contemporary Art Week 2018 18 September 2018

As a remarkable testimony to the field's growing prominence in New York and the art scene at large, the 13th edition of Asia Contemporary Art Week highlights 150+ acclaimed and emerging artists through timely exhibitions and retrospectives by individual artists and artist collectives from recent to modern history, along with ACAW's newly conceived...

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ACAW FIELD MEETING Take 5: Thinking Projects Ocula Report ACAW FIELD MEETING Take 5: Thinking Projects 10 Nov 2017 : Tianyuan Deng for Ocula

'Be a dreamer, not a screamer'. So urged Vietnam-based artist Tiffany Chung as she re-mapped the movements of refugees across national fault lines in her lecture-performance for FIELD MEETING Take 5: Thinking Projects, the fifth iteration of Asia Contemporary Art Week's (ACAW) annual signature forum in New York (14–15 October 2017), this year...

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An introduction to FIELD MEETING Take 5: Thinking Projects, New York Ocula Insight An introduction to FIELD MEETING Take 5: Thinking Projects, New York 6 October 2017

When living at a pivotal moment in history where declining political, economic and environmental conditions mean that the planet could meet its demise more possibly through human mal-activities than extraterrestrial cosmic, or planetary shifts, it is no small occasion for hundreds of US and Asia based artists and arts professionals to gather to...

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No More Triumphs: A Report on Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) 2015 Ocula Report No More Triumphs: A Report on Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) 2015 9 Nov 2015 : Sophia McKinnon for Ocula

‘I don’t have a concept of place anymore,’ was the response given by Ming Wong when asked about representing specific geographies during a panel as part of New York’s 10th Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW), 2015. Presented by the Asia Contemporary Art Consortium (ACAC), it brings together 150 artists, curators, and writers...

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