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Bianca Maria Barmen

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AIT is pleased to host an artist talk by the current artist in resident Bianca Maria Barmen, supported by IASPIS, Sweden.
Bianca works as a sculptor using clay as her primary material out of which the basis
of her forms and little installations emerge. The sculptures are later cast in un-painted
plaster or bronze and the original clay sculptures are lost.
Her forms exude a sense of intense quiet, often presented together as small families of
related objects like compact theatre sets. An image seen in a newspaper or a passage
remembered from a book may be the starting point for her works.
Bianca has written about the importance of clay in her practice, and its ancient links to
the birth of sculpture at the dawn of human history where clay was often placed on the skulls
of the deceased at funeral rites. For her this material is a fundamental, organic compound
temporarily used by the artist before being returned to the earth.
Bianca will introduce her works in this talk using slides.
The talk will be held in English with consecutive translation into Japanese by Roger McDonald (AIT).

Bianca Maria Barmen (b. 1960) lives and works in Lund, Sweden and in Cambodia.
Her works were presented at the Frieze Art Fair in London in 2007 and have been collected by many
institutions including the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

Title: AIT ARTIST TALK #42:“The Sculpture of Bianca Maria Barmen” by Bianca Maria Barmen
Date and Time: Friday, October 23 2009, 19:00 - 21:00
Organized by :  Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama