【Hōjō / Ōkan】A newly created art document based on the research project Kyoto: Re-Search in Yawata held last year will be exhibited. A group of 5 participating artists, including ISHIKAWA Ryuichi and SHIMABUKU, stayed in Yawata as a group, and have been invited to give a lecture on their work. They will be showing artworks that make clear distinctions and deepen understanding of local regionality and history.
Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine 9:00 – 16:00The event will be exhibited every day during the event period.Shokado Garden Art Museum 9:00-17:00 <Reception closes at 16:30>※Closed on [MON]. Garden admission fee: Adults 100 yen / Students 80 yen / Children 50 yen
In Yawata there is a huge housing complex called Otokoyama Danchi, and it’s an area where automobiles are the main means of transportation and they can be frequently seen coming and going. Whilst there is a huge space that supports our daily lives being operated here, factory is operated here to utilize the materials from automobiles that are no longer needed, which are gathered from all over the country. This town, inhabited by people who support the activity of recycling the overflow of things from their lives, seems to condense the life of modern society, and teaches us that that society is incredibly full of “things”. The wildflowers that grow alongside that kind of daily life, they appeal to the strength of life, including that of us humans. This piece will consist of sculptures inspired by apartment complexes and scraps, and photographs of roadside wildflowers.
石川 竜一ISHIKAWA Ryuichi
Born in Okinawa Prefecture in 1984, and graduated from the Department of Society and Regional Culture at Okinawa International University. He first encountered photography whilst in school. In 2014, he released “okinawan portraits 2010-2012” and “A Grand Polyphony”, which are a collection of snaps taken of Okinawan people and his familiar environments. He received KIMURA Ihei Photo Award, Photographic Society of Japan Newcomer's Award, and Okinawa Times Art Award - Encouragement Award. While confronting the chaos and contradictions of the modern day, he places a focus on everyday snaps and portraits. He has released works that explore the light that comes from these aspects, expanding his field of activity both in Japan and abroad, with his contents also including video works and other genres. He takes part in a wide range of activities such as co-writing with other artists and sessions with musicians.
Dreaming of somewhere other than here (I don't know what that place would be like)
Living in a room that lacks reality
(It can’t even be considered a temporary home.)
Time folds in on itself
(My own shadow constantly following behind me)
The world as seen through the viewfinder of a camera
(Everything is a particle of light)
An uncertain existence appears in that pale light
(And the escape attempts always go wrong.)
I use a primitive device called a camera obscura to capture the people living in Yawata
(Because one day you, too, will leave here)
佐々木 香輔SASAKI Kyosuke
Born in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture in 1985. In 2007 he graduated from the photography course, at the Nihon University College of Art. From 2007 to 2009, he worked at Asukaen Co., Ltd., which specializes in art photography, and there he studied under OGAWA Kozo. From 2009-2020 he worked as a photographer at the Nara National Museum. He is now currently active as a freelance photographer. He mainly produces photographs with the theme of the overlapping history and time, and the inheriting of memories. He received the Excellence Award in the 41st Canon’s New Cosmos of Photography Competition (2018). Finalist of the 22nd Photo “1_WALL” Exhibition (2020).
《Three Rivers Shot》
The Katsura River flows from Kyoto City. The Uji River flows from Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture. The Kizu River flows from Mie and Nara Prefectures. When I heard that three rivers with different origins connected in Yawata City, I wanted to visit that point. Why is it that we pick a destination, and go there? I will attempt to create a work of art about that motivation itself. I set the confluence of the three rivers as a goal, and take my shot.
藤生 恭平FUJIO Kyohei
Born in Mie Prefecture in 1989. He is currently in the master's program at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. “The reclamation/protection of the environment by people” as his theme, he thinks about the land and the landscape. Major exhibitions include “Right Place Right Work” (53 Art Museum, Guangzhou, China, 2019), “PLAY Records#2 I wonder why I can gaze at a flower, but I can’t gaze at mold” (YY Park,Kyoto City,2020), “Nandin Domestica 1029meters” (galleryMain,Kyoto City,2021), etc.
《Resonating body and objects》
The Kozuyabashi Bridge over the Kizu River is one of the most famous "floating bridges" in Japan, and with its formality and continuity rooted in nature and society, it creates a coexistence with the surrounding environment. Focusing on this organic aspect, I attempted to create a physical dialogue with the floating bridge. Through the act of stepping on the bridge boards one by one, I was able to capture the symmetry of creating sound not only with my own body but also with the floating bridge as another part. These footsteps are not only the sounds of humans, but also the sounds that the floating bridge has been letting out into the environment. In this work, based on the experience of physical listening, the previously latent richness of the "footsteps of the floating bridge" will be presented as an experiential installation work.
宮本 一行MIYAMOTO Kazuyuki
Born in Chiba Prefecture in 1987. Completed a master’s course in the video design specialty course, Graduate School of Art and Design at Musashino Art University. By extracting and revealing the sounds from the environment that we hear in our everyday, the characteristics latent in the sounds of the environment are presented to the viewer through artistic expression. In his major exhibition, “Outer Edge” (2021), he tried to understand the relationships between the various sensations based on their experience in specific natural environment, at a venue, “Traces of the Contact” (2020), attempted to recreate the characteristic sounds of a Japanese sake storage facility.
Concrete buildings are indispensable in the modern world, giving shape to cities. However, after they become old, or for some other reason, their role comes to an end, and they are dismantled and buried. Collecting that so-called “rubble.” Then, the rubble that was destined to be thrown away is given another role, life, and regenerated as a work of art. Each piece of this rubble has its own "face", and when it stands upright, it gives off a sense of "life" and sends positive energy to people. The simple act of building things is a primitive human act that connects our ancient ancestors to us today. This work also resonates with the garden and philosophy of SHIGEMORI Mirei, who reconstructed the torii gate of Ishimizu Hachimangu Shrine, which was destroyed and fragmented by a typhoon.
Artist. Born in Kobe. He lives in Naha City. Since the early 1990s, he has traveled to many places both in Japan and abroad, producing performances and installation works based on the lives and cultures of the people living there, and on new forms of communication. His style, which overflows with poetry and humor that metaphorically inspires people, he has gained worldwide acclaim. Participated in many international exhibitions such as Venice Biennale (2003, 2017), Sao Paulo Biennale (2006), Havana Biennale (2015), Lyon Biennale (2016).
Kyoto:Re-Search Executive Committee (Kyoto Prefecture, Kyotango City, Yosano Town, Nantan City, Yawata City） / Kyoto Bunkaryoku Project Executive Committee*
* "KYOTO BUNKARYOKU PROJECT" is a festival of the culture and the art performed by taking place in Japanese cultural capital and Kyoto for 2020 years taking the Tokyo Olympic Games and the paralympics tournament, etc. as an opportunity. http://culture-project.kyoto/
Public Interest Incorporated Foundation Yawata Citizens' Culture Foundation
Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine / Yawata City Tourism Association