VIVA ARTE VENEZIA: Venice Biennale 2017

Published on ocula, 31 August 2017 If hell is other people, as the delightful Parisian existentialist, Jean-Paul Sartre once remarked, then the Venice Biennale during the four day preview is a veritable inferno. So I headed to the Biennale a week later: no queues, no crowds, and no tiny damp lodgings where the ceiling falls in…

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Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief

Published in Artomity, Summer 2017 With over a decade of practice, artist Samson Young has made audiences question and examine their relationship to sound and music, and their relationship to history, politics, and identity through sound.  Young is a product of a certain time and place. Born in 1979 in Hong Kong he grew up…

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Tsang Kin-wah: Much Ado About Nothing

Published in Artomity, Issue no.2, Autumn 2016 For someone who has built an art career out of them, Tsang Kin-wah is a man of very few words. Bookish, with thick glasses, the softly-spoken artist measures his words carefully, and it’s hard to hear him over the sounds of drilling and hammering in the newly opened M+…

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Nicholas Hlobo: Out of Africa

First published in 2011 With a string of high profile exhibitions and collections, Nicholas Hlobo has quickly crossed over from the ranks of rising stars to being one of the most sought after young South African artists. On the eve of his first solo show with Lehmann Maupin Gallery New York, we revisit an early interview with the artist. Exhibiting…

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A conversation with Manuel Pelmuş

Published on ocula.com, February 16, 2016 Among the crowd of familiar faces sipping champagne at Para Site’s fundraising auction preview late last year, a young man lay on the ground in the middle of the Bonhams’ exhibition space. Rolling around on the carpet, he would mutter, to no one in particular, ‘Work is a disease—Karl…

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A Life Aquatic : Interview with Hera Büyüktaşçiyan

Published by Art International, September 2015 Istanbul-based artist Hera Büyüktaşçıyan has a storyteller’s skill of imbuing the prosaic with a sense of poetry and beauty. With a few ordinary objects her installations can tell a story that will transport you to another world and time, filling the space in which they are placed with magic,…

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Venice Biennale 2015 Preview Week

While the art fair is often seen as the whore, selling its wares to those who can afford them, the Venice Biennale has always been the lady of the art world. The most venerated of biennales dating back to 1895; you can look, but not touch, intellectual stimulation and provocation is valued over the commercial,…

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Tsang Kin-wah to Represent Hong Kong at the 56th Venice Biennale

Congratulations to Tsang Kin-wah who is to represent Hong Kong at the 56th Venice Biennale next year! The multi-media artist was selected by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and M+, Hong Kong’s yet-to-be-completed museum for visual culture, which has also appointed chief curator of M+, Doryun Chong, and Stella Fong, as the pavilion’s curators.…

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Yinka Shonibare: Fabric of the Times

As published in Hong Kong Tatler, December 2013 “In art, truth is suggested by false means,” Edgar Degas once declared, and artist Yinka Shonibare’s work reveals some harsh realities about modern society: racism, inequality between colonising and colonised cultures, and the excess of a contemporary society increasingly on the verge of implosion. Works by the…

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Brave New Worlds: AES+F in Hong Kong

Of all the emerging market art scenes, Russia’s seems to have taken the longest to catch up and make an impact internationally. But in the last couple of years, a number of contemporary artists have started attracting serious attention. Standing out boldly amongst the current wave of contemporary artists is the four artist-Russian collective known…

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