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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Tatsuo Miyajima Ocula Conversation Tatsuo Miyajima Artist, Japan

Every artist has a lover. Yves Klein has blue. Louise Bourgeois has the spider. Ed Ruscha has words. The Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima has numbers; he paints them on the folds of bright kimonos, he draws them in sketchbooks, he fills walls, floors, pools of water and piles of coal with glowing numerals. His shirts are tailor made with numbers...

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Emily Cormack Ocula Conversation Emily Cormack Curator of Primavera 2016, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney

The works in Primavera 2016 chart the human body as it encounters itself in the space of art. The body’s echoes, shadows, murmurs and movements are seized upon by the eight artists in the exhibition as material evidence of a forensic life. Visitors encountering Emily Parsons-Lord’s The Confounded Leaving have the option of pressing a...

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Zhang Huan At Carriageworks, Sydney Ocula Report Zhang Huan At Carriageworks, Sydney 31 Jan 2015 : Stella Rosa McDonald for Ocula

Standing before Zhang Huan’s Sydney Buddha—considering the grace and serenity of the five-meter-tall Buddha’s decidedly feminine repose—I can’t escape the fact that the foyer of Carriageworks, in which the Buddha has been recently installed, stinks. Something has died here and then dried in the summer sun. 

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Aida Tomescu Ocula Conversation Aida Tomescu Artist, Australia

Since migrating to Australia from Romania over thirty years ago, artist Aida Tomescu has emerged as a formidable presence in Australian art, collecting a host of accolades, including the Sulman, Wynne and the Dobell prizes. In conversation, Tomescu is erudite, impassioned and draws often from literature, art history and poetry in the discussion...

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Zheng Guogu Ocula Conversation Zheng Guogu Founding Member, The Yangjiang Group, China

Over the Australian summer, cult Chinese artists Yangjiang Group will present a new multi-site work commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Actions for Tomorrow will take over both the public and private areas at 4A in addition to a one-night only participatory performance and garden party at the Chinese Gardens of...

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On Film: The Sydney Biennale Report Part Iii Ocula Report On Film: The Sydney Biennale Report Part Iii 9 May 2014 : Stella Rosa McDonald for Ocula

Tacita Dean’s commission for the 19th Biennale of Sydney and Carriageworks, Event for a Stage, sits at the apex of a Biennale whose greatest successes have been in its film, video and performance works. Dean is an artist who courts chance and she described this, her first live work, as being based on a “series of profound...

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Something Borrowed: The 19Th Biennale Of Sydney Part Ii Ocula Report Something Borrowed: The 19Th Biennale Of Sydney Part Ii 8 Apr 2014 : Stella Rosa McDonald for Ocula

The curatorial frame of the 19th Biennale of Sydney, that artistic imagination and desire are the seeds from which art is made, is so transparent it is almost invisible. Juliana Engburg’s adjective laden curatorial essay tries to eke out greater substance from the idea that artists have imaginations and are creative but ultimately it is a...

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The Right Speed: The 2014 Biennale Of Sydney Ocula Report The Right Speed: The 2014 Biennale Of Sydney 22 Mar 2014 : Stella Rosa McDonald for Ocula

The 19th Biennale of Sydney, curated by Juliana Engberg, opened this week under the title You Imagine What You Desire. At times, it succeeds in being both intelligent and accessible, something that is difficult for an art event of this scale. However, ‘Show, don't tell’ is a technique that would give many of the works in this...

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