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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History Ocula Conversation
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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere Latest Ocula Report Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere By Soo-Min Shim, Sydney

'This year's Biennale of Sydney seems like a corrective,' writes Soo-Min Shim, 'prioritising autonomy in an international exhibition format that has all too often omitted or sidelined First Nations artists.'

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Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 Ocula Insight Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 By Stephanie Bailey, London

In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .

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Indonesia

Yogyakarta: Significant contemporary art hub

Yogyakarta, often affectionately called Jogja, is one of the most significant artistic hubs in Indonesia. It is the only city in the country—a vast developing nation still ruled by a monarchy—and has been considered an important centre of traditional Javanese art and culture for centuries. Diverse and dynamic, it contains a bustling creative community of cross-generational and multidisciplinary artists. It is located on the south coast of Java, which is also a thriving tourist destination.

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Scattered around Yogyakarta are centres of visual arts such as Cemeti Art House, founded by artists Nindityo Adipurnomo and Mella Jaarsma in 1998. Cemeti focuses beyond exhibitions, art projects, and residencies by organising performances, discussions, and artist talks involving both Indonesian and international contemporary artists, curators, activists, and writers.

Not too far away from Cemeti Art House stands Yogya Art Lab (YAL). Since its establishment in 2012 YAL has been an experimental and progressive platform for artists to work together and produce works across various mediums in order to expand their practices. YAL—a foundry and production house—is an exceptional initiative by Singapore-based Gajah Gallery. Gajah Gallery has been a leader of the Southeast Asian art scene since 1996, and represents the region's influential and emerging contemporary artists.

Yogyakarta is also renowned as a centre of Indonesian education, and is home to a large student population. The Institut Seni Indonesia (Indonesian Institute of the Arts) in Yogyakarta is a prominent state university whose programmes includes visual, performing, and media arts, and alumni include prominent Indonesian contemporary artists such as Nyoman Masriadi, Entang Wiharso, and Heri Dono.

Culturally and historically, Yogyakarta is a gathering point for a variety of art practices, such as dance, drama, literature, music, performance, textile, and visual arts. It is only natural for the city to host the annual ART|JOG, an international contemporary art festival showcasing a variety of interdisciplinary arts.

Yogyakarta is the birthplace of several contemporary art collectives, including Jendela Art Group, which was founded in Yogyakarta by some of Indonesia's leading contemporary artists: Jumaldi Alfi, Rudi Mantovani, Yusra Martunus, Handiwirman Saputra, and Yunizar. Taring Padi is a collective of underground artists who are well-known for the political messages of social justice embedded in their artwork, with woodcut on paper as their main medium. These collectives have participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Indonesia as well as globally in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia.

Yogyakarta is home to many contemporary Indonesian artists' studios, including those of Eko Nugroho, indieguerillas, Angki Purbandono, and Wedhar Riyadi, among others.

Past Exhibitions In Yogyakarta

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Contemplating Alternatives at Gajah Gallery, Yogyakarta
27 February–15 March 2020 Group Exhibition Contemplating Alternatives Gajah Gallery, Yogyakarta
Contemporary art exhibition, I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih, On Beginnings at Gajah Gallery, Yogyakarta
19 October–10 November 2019 I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih On Beginnings Gajah Gallery, Yogyakarta
Contemporary art exhibition, Erizal As, Formless Existance at Gajah Gallery, Yogyakarta
25 July–31 August 2019 Erizal As Formless Existance Gajah Gallery, Yogyakarta

Ocula Member Galleries In Yogyakarta

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Yogyakarta In Ocula Magazine

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Meg Maggio Ocula Conversation Meg Maggio By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Meg Maggio’s enthusiasm is a force to be reckoned with. She races into her gallery space in Wong Chuk Hang to meet me, with entrepreneur and friend, Juan van Wassenhove in tow. She runs around the gallery eager to introduce visitors to each other, with a: “You need to know him, he has the most magnificent temple hotel in Beijing...

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