In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...
Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...
China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...
Blum & Poe is pleased to present eight artists who explore notions of transcendence and temporality in their work. Using symbology, mysticism, and religious archetypes, Alexander Tovborg researches the roles that religion and mythology play in human identity and the world we inhabit. Masaho Anotani's drawings and collages evoke a psychedelic and surreal world of melded figurative and abstract forms. Ooido Syoujou's colourful circular abstractions are like contemporary mandalas teeming with compressed pointillist energy, whereas his somber mixed-media works on paper suggest material decay. Reminiscent of prehistoric art from various regions of the world, Lena Fujimoto's paintings depict organic forms and human figures in the environment. Similarly, Kenichiro Fukumoto was inspired by his travels through the primeval forests of Southeast Asia to make ceramic and wood sculptures that evoke the vitality, chaos, and deep history of wild nature. The contorted shapes in Ayano Nanakarage's drawings and wood sculptures convey what the artist describes as an enigmatic sense of 'natural time' and latent death. Looking to the past, Yukie Ishikawa and Kazumi Nakamura incorporate compositional elements of traditional Japanese painting to open up the possibilities of contemporary abstraction.
Organised by artist Masato Nakamura, the 3331 Art Fair is an alternative art fair that brings together galleries, museums, and non-profit spaces with the goal of developing the Japanese art market through artist-led events and projects. The event is housed at 3331 Arts Chiyoda, a renovated Junior High School in Akihabara, utilising the gymnasium, classrooms, and rooftop terrace.
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