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Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Ocula Conversation Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Tessa Moldan, Brussels

With Monsoon Melody on view at WIELS, Brussels, her largest solo exhibition to date, Thao Nguyen Phan discusses her transition to film to explore colonial legacies and ecological destruction in Vietnam.

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Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Tessa Moldan, Los Angeles

Los Angeles' art scene has a lot to offer during Frieze Los Angeles, with galleries, non-profits, and museums gearing up for the fair's second edition between 14 and 17 February 2020. In this Ocula Lowdown, Tessa Moldan lists a selection of the city's must-see shows.

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Jaki Irvine's Manifesto on Life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Ocula Insight Jaki Irvine's Manifesto on Life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Apoorva Rajagopal, Dublin

Ack Ro' , Jaki Irvine's reflection on the fragility of life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, is an 'ambitious, holistic installation' staged like a 'wild disarray of interconnected yet fragmented pieces'.

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Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Ocula Conversation Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Tessa Moldan, Brussels

With Monsoon Melody on view at WIELS, Brussels, her largest solo exhibition to date, Thao Nguyen Phan discusses her transition to film to explore colonial legacies and ecological destruction in Vietnam.

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Sophia Al-Maria: The Girl Who Fell to Earth Ocula Conversation Sophia Al-Maria: The Girl Who Fell to Earth Tendai John Mutambu, London

With Beast Type Song on view at Tate Britain to 23 February, her first solo exhibition in Germany opening at Julia Stoschek Collection in Düsseldorf this March, and a Serpentine Galleries commission launching in summer 2020, Sophia Al-Maria discusses her relationship to literature, screenwriting, and poetry.

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Zadie Xa: Behind the Mask Ocula Conversation Zadie Xa: Behind the Mask Ellie Wiseman, Bexhill

Zadie Xa reflects on her practice in light of her most ambitious project to date, Child of Magohalmi and the Echoes of Creation (2019), now on view at the De La Warr Pavilion in the British seaside town of Bexhill.

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Equitable Vitrines: Public Art and Contested Space Ocula Conversation Equitable Vitrines: Public Art and Contested Space Jareh Das, Los Angeles

Ellie Lee and Matt Connolly, founders of the non-profit Equitable Vitrines in Los Angeles, discuss site-specificity, expanded formats for exhibition-making, and the nuances of commissioning public art.

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Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ Ocula Conversation Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ Stephanie Bailey, Singapore

STPI's Emi Eu reflects on S.E.A. Focus, an STPI project platforming artists and galleries from Southeast Asia, in the wake of Art Stage's decline in 2019 and ahead of the launch of Singapore's new art fair, Art SG, in October 2020.

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transmediale Artistic Director Kristoffer Gansing Looks Back Ocula Conversation transmediale Artistic Director Kristoffer Gansing Looks Back Terence Sharpe, Berlin

Kristoffer Gansing traces eight years of change at Berlin's digital media and culture festival transmediale, as his final iteration as artistic director, End to End , opens 28 January.

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Patrick Flores: 'Southeast Asia must be geopolitically unburdened' Ocula Conversation Patrick Flores: 'Southeast Asia must be geopolitically unburdened' Tess Maunder, Singapore

The start of the new decade has seen a series of natural disasters around the globe. Bushfires in Australia have burned an area of roughly 10 million hectares; while ash dumped from the Philippines' Taal volcano has led to the evacuation of around 300,000 people in fear of an impending eruption. Meanwhile, as global temperatures rise, as do sea...

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Dane Mitchell: ‘Entanglements occur in a state of reciprocity’ Ocula Conversation Dane Mitchell: ‘Entanglements occur in a state of reciprocity’ Dr Zara Stanhope, Auckland

While it is not unexpected to find an artist making work about 'the invisible' in a time after the post-internet and post-conceptual art moments, there are few artists who make this their trajectory. Dane Mitchell , based in Aotearoa New Zealand, has engaged with unseen phenomena, bringing what is on the air, perceptible to the senses, or only...

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Sandrine Colard on the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale Ocula Conversation Sandrine Colard on the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale Emmanuel Balogun, Lubumbashi

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the largest Francophone nation in Africa with vast resources and nearly 80 million inhabitants, is a place where commodities play a vital role in the national economy and the country's significance on the world stage. This is the context from which the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale (24 October–24 November...

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Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Ocula Conversation Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Stephanie Bailey, Okayama

Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev , was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and...

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VALIE EXPORT: ‘The voice belongs to me’ Ocula Conversation VALIE EXPORT: ‘The voice belongs to me’ Tessa Moldan, London

Born Waltraud Lehner in Linz in 1940, VALIE EXPORT was inspired by the branding of Smart Export cigarettes to modify her nickname Walie alongside Export, thus exporting new ideas to new grounds. Written in capital letters, her own bold branding rejected the name of both her father and former husband, and catalysed one of the earliest waves of...

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Zac Langdon-Pole: Lines of Flight Ocula Conversation Zac Langdon-Pole: Lines of Flight Tendai John Mutambu, Berlin

Over the last few years, New Zealand-born Berlin -based artist Zac Langdon-Pole has cultivated a practice of elegant, if at times uncanny, elisions. His recombinations of objects, words, and images—poetry, meteorite fragments, literary translations, furniture, photographs, mollusk shells—emphasise, with a fine-tuned lyricism, the...

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Richard Saltoun and Catherine McCormack on 100% Women Ocula Conversation Richard Saltoun and Catherine McCormack on 100% Women Jareh Das, London

100% Women is a year-long exhibition programme at Richard Saltoun Gallery in London , focused on the lives and works of female artists. According to the gallery's press release, the programme seeks to 'redress the persistent gender imbalance, whilst cementing its ongoing support of female artists.' Having launched in March 2019 with the first...

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Kim Tschang-Yeul: Art Without Ego Ocula Conversation Kim Tschang-Yeul: Art Without Ego Vivian Chui, New York

Kim Tschang-Yeul turns 90 this December, following an illustrious career that played a crucial role in bringing post-war Korean painting into the modern and contemporary art canon. Long celebrated for pensive depictions of water drops, the esteemed artist uses dual languages of abstraction and hyperrealism to articulate the psychological traumas...

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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Emma-Kate Wilson, Melbourne

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson 's artworks. Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The...

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Michael Armitage and Kudzanai-Violet Hwami on Painting Ocula Conversation Michael Armitage and Kudzanai-Violet Hwami on Painting Michael Armitage, London

At just 26 years of age, Kudzanai-Violet Hwami has made two enviable milestones this year. The Zimbabwean-born and London -based artist represented her country of birth at the 58th Venice Biennale alongside Georgina Maxim, Neville Starling, and Cosmas Shiridzinomwa; while her first institutional solo exhibition opened at Gasworks in London on...

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Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global Ocula Conversation Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

French gallerist Almine Rech-Picasso opened her first space in Asia on Shanghai 's historic Bund in July this year, bringing her eponymous gallery's total locations to five. The Shanghai gallery occupies roughly 4,000 square feet on the second floor of the three-storey Amber Building, a beautiful warehouse space, originally occupied by the...

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Daisuke Miyatsu: The Salaryman Collector Ocula Conversation
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Daisuke Miyatsu: The Salaryman Collector Rose Lejeune, London

Japanese collector Daisuke Miyatsu has merged his life with a passion for collecting art perhaps more than any other collector today. Known as the 'salaryman collector', Miyatsu started his collecting journey as a surprisingly typical office worker with a limited budget for art, originally working in advertising and supplementing his salary as a...

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