Photography Now 2017

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I am pleased to announce the Exhibition ” Photography Now 2017″ curated by Willam Ewing at the Center for photography at Woodstock.

See more detail : https://www.cpw.org/discover/exhibitions/

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Workshop “Reconstruct memories” @ Seoul, Korea

I was pleased to be invited for giving a workshop at Seoul Youth Hub. (It was also my first visit in Korea!)

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In this workshop, participants brought their private picture which contain memories  they willing to forget. They randomly chose photographs among all the images have been assembled by other participants, and deconstruct them and recreate image in their freedom way. The aim of this practice is to create discussion of many aspects of theme of memories and generating conversation of their personal stories.

このワークショップでは、参加者それぞれが「忘れたい記憶」に関するイメージを持ち寄り、第三者によって分解され各自の自由な方法で再構築するという試みをしました。

この経験をとおして、参加者各自の個人的な記憶にまつわる会話がうまれ、テーマとしての「記憶」の多様な側面について考えることを、このイベントの目的としました。

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much who applied and attend this event. ( It was amazing that twice of people have applied..!)  I also thank many people have support me to carry out the workshop!

沢山の方に応募したいただいたこと、参加していただいた方々、そしてこの機会の実現のためにサポートしてくださった方々に心より感謝いたします。

Special Thanks to

Seoul Youth Hub https://youthhub.kr/hub/20380

Host : Yel mae ( JUST PROJECT) http://www.just-project.com
Translator : Jisu
Photographer: 白井 亮 (Ryo Shirai)
Coordinator : Song Ji Hyeon MohumHidemi Demi Miyamoto

 

 

 

Universal Nature -Rediscovery of Kalevala by 6 Contemporary Japanese Artists-

Thank you so much for coming to the Exhibition “Universal Nature Rediscovery of kalevala”!

Opening Reception/ August 5. 2017 @ Sezon Arts Gallery in Tokyo, Japan

 

Information

The Universal Nature – Rediscovery of Kalevala by 6 Contemporary Japanese Artists exhibition presents the Finnish national epic Kalevala in a new way: from the Japanese point of view and in the form of contemporary art by six renowned Japanese artists. Their work will be on show for the first time, representing the artists individual interpretations of Finnish folklore and the Finnish mentality.

The artists tell the story of Kalevala through many different art forms and genres. The exhibition brings together painting, photography, sculpting, video and installation art. The artists work reflect both Finnish mysticism and the Japanese way of thinking.

Yusuke Asai, a painter who often works with big murals and local soil as painting material will produce paintings on canvas and drawings based on the stories of Kalevala. Sculptor Hideki Iinuma depicts strong female characters in his works. Iinuma brings the mythical female characters of Kalevala into the modern world with them coming alive in his sculptures. Tomoko Konoike deals with the theme of human brutality in her work. Her work reflect raw human emotions such as lust, hatred and the violent nature of man. Shiriagari Kotobuki has developed a video installation using a technique of Manga as storytelling. His work explores the story of the mysterious tool “Sampo” which in Kalevala brings happiness. Yuji Ohta combines truth and fiction, ancient and modern in his installations. His works aim at redefining the way we see the social structures we are surrounded by. New York based photographer Ayumi Tanaka has studied the descendants of the residents who Elias Lönnrot visited to compile Kalevala in the 19th century. She then has collected the village inhabitant’s personal stories based on their dreams and develops them into photographic art works, trying to weave another oral narrative.

The exhibition is part of the Artist’s Kalevala in Japan project, started by The Kalevala Society and The Finnish Institute in Japan in 2016. The exhibition on view at Sezon Art Gallery is curated by Kenji Kubota. The aim is to broaden the way we interpret mythology and folklore, and to promote mutual cultural understanding and artistic co-operation between Finland and Japan.

The Universal Nature exhibition will be on display at SEZON gallery in Jingumae, Tokyo, from August 6th to 27th. The exhibition is FREE.

Date
2017.08.06 sun – 08.27 sun

Artists
Yusuke ASAI
Hideki Iinuma
Yuji OHTA
Tomoko KONOIKE
Shiriagari Kotobuki
Ayumi TANAKA

Curator
Kenji KUBOTA

Organisers: The Kalevala Society and The Finnish Institute in Japan
Co-organizer: Sezon Art Gallery
Nominal support: Embassy of Finland
Support: Kenji Kubota Art Office

 

 

 

UNIVERSAL NATURE @Sezon Art Gallery in Tokyo

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http://sezonartgallery.com/exhibition/kalevala/

 

I’m very excited to participate the exhibition “Universal Nature” in Tokyo with amazing Japanese contemporary artists. I will present brand new works produced for this show including large scale prints and diorama boxes, which inspired by Finish epic Kalevala. I look forward to seeing you in Tokyo in August!

Date
2017.08.06 sun – 08.27 sun

Artists
Yusuke ASAI
Hideki Iinuma
Yuji OHTA
Tomoko KONOIKE
Shiriagari Kotobuki
Ayumi TANAKA

Curator
Kenji KUBOTA