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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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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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At Singapore Biennale, Artists Rework the World Ocula Report At Singapore Biennale, Artists Rework the World Stephanie Bailey, Singapore

The sixth edition of the Singapore Biennale, Every Step in the Right Direction , brings together works by 77 artists and artist collectives to consider how artistic practice can 'rework the world' while exploring how a biennial exhibition might facilitate such a reworking.

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New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata: Shows to See Ocula Report New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata: Shows to See Kanika Anand, New Delhi

With India Art Fair set to open amid nationwide protests, Kanika Anand introduces shows in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata that express shifting socio-political identities, modes of resistance, and explorations of place-making.

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Taipei Dangdai 2020: Local and Global Ocula Report Taipei Dangdai 2020: Local and Global Penny Liu, Taipei

At the second edition of Taipei Dangdai, western capital gestures towards Taipei's rising status in the global art world, while alluding to 'a token blessing from the West to Taiwanese society, which is known to have a strong collector base.'

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Taipei Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Taipei Lowdown: Shows to See Tessa Moldan, Taipei

As Taipei Dangdai returns for its second edition between 17 and 19 January 2020 at the Nangang Exhibition Center, a selection of exhibitions across the city confirm Taipei as one of the region's most exciting art hubs.

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Singapore Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Singapore Lowdown: Shows to See Tessa Moldan, Singapore

Singapore Art Week returns from 11 to 19 January 2020 with a host of island-wide events, at the centre of which is the second edition of S.E.A. Focus (16–19 January 2020) at Gillman Barracks, showcasing the best of contemporary art in Southeast Asia.

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Staring at the Monster: Against Tired Art World Tropes Ocula Report Staring at the Monster: Against Tired Art World Tropes Nato Thompson, New York

We know the movie before it begins: the ugly money-corrupt art world rife with scheming dealers, visionary-yet-self-absorbed artists, pretentious and incomprehensible art critics, and smug curators regaled in black. This cast of characters, when it comes to the rare times the art world finds its way into cinematic existence, stands tall as the...

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12th Bamako Encounters Explores Africa as a Planetary Concept Ocula Report 12th Bamako Encounters Explores Africa as a Planetary Concept Emmanuel Balogun, Bamako

The twelfth edition of the Bamako Encounters Photography Biennial (30 November 2019–31 January 2020) is a varied lens-based inspection of the material and natural world, moving from postcolonial histories and imaginations to religion and the sacred, cycles of life and death, and transitory condition of places in-between. With works by 85 artists...

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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline Ocula Report
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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline Elyse Goldfinch, Sydney

From 20 to 21 July 2019, Artspace Sydney held a two-day symposium that brought artists in conversation with leading curators, writers, activists, academics, diplomats, and journalists from across Asia. The symposium was the final chapter of the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS exhibition, publication, website, and Instagram project. Instigated and...

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Mohammad Salemy, New York

In the early decades of its existence, New York 's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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In a Year of No Future: Cyberpunk at Hong Kong’s Tai Kwun Ocula Report In a Year of No Future: Cyberpunk at Hong Kong’s Tai Kwun Emily Verla Bovino, Hong Kong

In what was reportedly Tokyo 's cloudiest summer in over a century this July, Yoshiji Kigami, key animator of the cyberpunk classic Akira (1988), died in an arson attack that killed 35 people at Kyoto Animation. The attacker lit the fire with a lighter after dousing the studio with gasoline. 'They are always stealing', he explained in the...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Jareh Das, Lagos

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut Ocula Report From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut Nat Muller, Beirut

There's an inside joke amongst the team of Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts: that every time an edition of its biennial forum on cultural practices is planned, a national crisis happens. The eighth edition of Home Works was no different: it opened on 17 October amidst the most devastating wildfires that Lebanon had witnessed...

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São Paulo Art Weekend: Shows to See Ocula Report São Paulo Art Weekend: Shows to See Tessa Moldan, São Paulo

Organised by the non-profit organisation ABACT (Brazilian Association of Contemporary Art), Art Weekend São Paulo returns between 8 and 10 November for its fourth edition to showcase the best of art in Brazil and beyond. Mimi Lauter: Après nous le déluge Mendes Wood DM, Rua da Consolação 3358, Jardins 24 August–10 November 2019...

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‘Organising Wherever You Are’: Art and Praxis at Para Site Conference Ocula Report ‘Organising Wherever You Are’: Art and Praxis at Para Site Conference Sara Garzón, Hong Kong

'Where do Turkeys originally come from?' asked Sugata Ray, associate professor of South and Southeast Asian art at Berkeley University, as he inquired into the possibility of a post-anthropocentric approach to art history. Ray was one of the 14 invited speakers at Para Site 's annual conference in Hong Kong (10–12 October 2019), organised in...

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At Art Taipei, Galleries Adapt to Regional Politics Ocula Report At Art Taipei, Galleries Adapt to Regional Politics Sam Gaskin, Tapiei

In Taipei , the artwork that said most about the contemporary art market's fraught situation in East Asia was not at the 26th Art Taipei (18–21 October 2019), but across town at the Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab, a publicly funded art park established in Taiwan's former Air Force Command Headquarters in 2018. Chin Cheng-Te's Tender Soul –...

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Exhibition Takes Feminist Detour at Guangdong Times Museum Ocula Report Exhibition Takes Feminist Detour at Guangdong Times Museum Shanyu Zhong, Guangzhou

We might consider the exhibition space a domestic one at Guangdong Times Museum , whose exhibition hall has been converted into open spaces, chambers, passageways, and labyrinths for its current show, Forget Sorrow Grass: An Archaeology of Feminine Time (14 September–17 November 2019). Featuring 26 works by a group of 14 artists, including...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Stephanie Bailey, Okayama

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced...

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Daido Moriyama: The Erotics of Photography Ocula Report Daido Moriyama: The Erotics of Photography Tianyuan Deng, Tokyo

In a documentary video published by Tate Modern to accompany its exhibition William Klein + Daido Moriyama in 2013, Moriyama, one of the most influential avantgarde photographers to emerge out of postwar Japan, roams the urban streets of Shinjuku equipped with a compact digital camera. Dressed in a low-key black jacket, his gait is relaxed but...

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First Toronto Biennial Digs Deep Ocula Report First Toronto Biennial Digs Deep Ingrid Chu, Toronto

The first Toronto Biennial of Art, The Shoreline Dilemma (21 September–1 December 2019), could have easily laid claim to the city's 'rising international status as a destination for arts and culture' as the reason for its existence, and staged a global exhibition within this context. But Canadian curators Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien...

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EXPO Chicago Sets the Scene for 2020 Ocula Report EXPO Chicago Sets the Scene for 2020 Stephanie Bailey, Chicago

'Where Will You Be in 1933?' was the official song of the 1933 Chicago World's Fair—a buoyant ditty written in 1932 to promote an exposition celebrating Chicago's centennial during the Great Depression. On 18 September 2019, it was performed at the Chicago Symphony Center as part of Samson Young: World Fair Music . The performance extended...

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Lyon Biennale 2019: The Art of Dispersal Ocula Report Lyon Biennale 2019: The Art of Dispersal Tessa Moldan, Lyon

'The places where water comes together with other water. Those places stand out in my mind like holy places.' This excerpt from a poem by American writer Raymond Carver is the somewhat florid departure for Là où les eaux se mêlent , the 15th Lyon Biennale (18 September 2019–5 January 2019)—a materially rich exhibition of works by around 50...

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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Tessa Moldan, London

London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging...

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16th Istanbul Biennial Collapses Culture-Nature Divide Ocula Report 16th Istanbul Biennial Collapses Culture-Nature Divide Stephanie Bailey, Istanbul

At the opening of the 16th Istanbul Biennial, The Seventh Continent (14 September–10 November 2019), curator Nicolas Bourriaud began his introduction with a clip from Werner Herzog's 1982 movie Fitzcarraldo , the story of a man who moves a steamship up a hill in the process of fulfilling a fantasy to build an opera house in the Amazon jungle....

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