Preliminary Highlights of the Exhibition
Joko AVIANTO (* 1976)
The Indonesian artist exhibits a new work, inspired by shimenawa, or the traditional Japanese braided rope used to demarcate the sacred and the profane, weaving 2,000 shoots of bamboo imported from Indonesia in the center of the entrance hall of the Yokohama Museum of Art venue.
Prabhavathi MEPPAYIL (* 1965)
Known for her pieces of delicate hand-works using fine wires and other material, the artist will apply her technique on the original roof tiles of the historical building of the Yokohama Redbrick Warehouse, which are more than a hundred years old to create her new body of works.
OZAWA Tsuyoshi (* 1965)
He exhibits a new work from his “The Return of …” Series, in which he traces the activities of a Yokohama-born art historian and philosopher with the initials K.T.O., a figure legendary for his trailblazing ideas and writings during the Meiji Era (1868-1912), and composes a narrative that blends fact and fiction.
UJINO (* 1964)
Ujino produces a new body of work, Plywood Shinchi (shinchi means vacant lot in Japanese), in which he uses large wooden crates used for artworks to create a theatrical space of city scape with sound and video. He relates his personal history to the transformation of the Japanese society, which rapidly became industrialized during the 20th century both before and after World War II.
YANAGI Yukinori (* 1959)
The artist, whose work The World Flag Ant Farm is best-known, casts a questioning eye on present-day Japan with Ants and Japanese Flag; Article 9, which spells out the war renouncing Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution in LEDs; and new work depicting Godzilla with glowing eyes amid the rubble. All works will be installed in the basement of the Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall.
ZHAO Zhao (* 1982)
The young promising Chinese artist presents Project Taklamakan, a video that shows how the artist carries a refrigerator out into the Taklamakan Desert, his homeland and the site of frequent ethnic conflicts, connects it to power cables, and drinks cold beer. With humor and scale, he sheds a light on the history of the Silk Road transmitting and exchanging goods, people, and cultures, as well as its current isolated state.
(From press information)