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THE BAR Vol.8 Exhibition "Today of Yesterday" Rattana Vandy and Kanitha Tith

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The Backers Foundation and AIT residence programme vol.8
"Today of Yesterday" New works by RATTANA VANDY and KANITHA TITH, Cambodia

Saturday, July 11 - Saturday, July 25 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI (Shirokane-Takanawa, Tokyo)
Opening Reception: 6pm - 8pm on Saturday, July 11


The BAR vol.8
Left: Rattana Vandy "Bomb Ponds", 2009/ Right: Kanitha Tith "Companions", 2011, Photo by Rattana Vandy


Exhibition flier Download(PDF / 3.3MB)



The exhibition will mark the 8th time that The Backers Foundation and AIT have partnered on their joint residency programme and will present works by two Cambodian artists in residence, Rattana Vandy and Kanitha Tith.

Vandy is an artist who utilises video and photography to create works that touch on history and memory. A self taught photographer, he has featured in international exhibitions such as "dOCMENTA (13)" and is currently showing alongside other emerging artists at "TIME OF OTHERS", Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. With experience as a journalist, his previous works include "Preah Vihear", a photographic series showing the modest everyday circumstances of soldiers involved in border disputes, and "Bomb Ponds", a photo-based project that documented the ponds that have emerged at sites bombed by the US military during the Vietnam War.

Vandy takes a poetic approach to interpreting fragmented memories and remnants of human existence, in turn offering an alternative perspective on history. For this exhibition, he will present "Bomb Ponds" and "MONOLOGUE", the latter being his latest video work that is based on the stories of the people who lost their lives during the 1970s' Khmer Rouge era. Furthermore, "Shadow in the Dark", a new work produced in Tokyo that comprises of poetry and sculpture made from countless nails - a reflection upon the emotions and spirituality of the inner self.

Tith is an artist who produces works across a range of media including sculpture, installation, video and performance. In 2010 she received an honourable mention at the inaugural You Khin Memorial Women's Art Prize, an award that recognizes contributions to improving the rights and social status of women in Cambodia. Two years later she participated in "SurViVart", a community project aimed at promoting art and dialogue in Cambodia, for which she invited people to gather and exchange ideas at her house in Phnom Penh.

Tith's thin wire sculptures are delicate and powerful monuments that she creates through a near-meditative process, not only as an examination of her own memories and experiences, but also a reflection on the impact of her country's social circumstances. For this exhibition, Tith will present a new sculptural work based on her research questioning about the relation to the interpretation of "Spirit" in Southeast Asian ritual culture.

Like much of Southeast Asia, Cambodia has experienced rapid economic and social changes in recent years. On the other hand, complex social circumstances and historical oblivion have resulted in few opportunities to learn of the country's hidden imagination. Influenced by the ephemeral things that emerge from society and time, the fresh perspectives of today's young artists can give weight to the idea of today being a continuation of the past.

We look forward to your support and attendance at this special exhibition.

About the Exhibition
The BAR(The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme)vol. 8
"Today of Yesterday" New works by RATTANA VANDY and KANITHA TITH, Cambodia
YAMAMOTO GENDAI, 3F, 3-1-15 Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Saturday, July 11 - Saturday July 25, 2015 / Free Admission
Open daily from 11am - 7pm / Closed on Sunday, Monday and National holidays
Organised by Arts Initiative Tokyo (AIT)
Co-organized by The Backers Foundation
Supported by YAMAMOTO GENDAI, YOKUMOKU and EASTWEST Inc.
Opening Reception to be held from 6pm - 8pm on Saturday, July 11


[ Artist Information ]

Rattana VANDY(Born in 1980 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia) Rattana Vandy
Still from "MONOLOGUE", 2015, Single channel HD video, color, sound

Vandy lives and works between Phnom Penh, Paris and Taipei. In 2007, he was one of the co-founders of Stiev Selapak / Art Rebels, and in 2009 he was also one of the co-founders of Sa Sa Art Gallery. He contributed, in 2011, to establish SA SA BASSAC, the first dedicated exhibition spaces for contemporary art in Cambodia. Vandy Rattana began his photography practice in 2005 concerned with the lack of physical documentation accounting for the stories, traits, and monuments unique to his culture. His serial work employed a range of analog cameras and formats, straddling the line between strict photojournalism and artistic practice. His recent works mark a shift in philosophy surrounding the relationship between historiography and image making. For Vandy, photographs are now fictional constructions, abstract and poetic surfaces, histories of their own. He lately began interested in film-making. The short-film "MONOLOGUE" is his latest work. In 2014, he co-founded Ponleu Association, which aims to provide access to international reference books, through their translation and publication in Khmer. It also publishes its own books, focusing on various fields of knowledge (philosophy, literature, science, etc.)
www.vandyrattana.com


Kanitha Tith (Born in 1987 in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia)
Kanitha Tith

Tith lives and works in Phnom Penh, she works revolves around the production of sculptures and installations that investigate the possible relationships between the artist's personal experience and memories and her environment, namely the fast-changing landscape of Cambodia. Her sculptural work made of woven metal strings are informed by her childhood memories and combine her interest in the relationship between human and non-human form with spatial strategies that straddle Tith's domestic sphere with the public arena. The material used by the artist - metal strings, found traditional cooking stoves or collected objects belonging to her neighbours - pertains to the realm of daily Cambodian material culture. By so doing, Tith questions the status of the artist and its potential to engage with issues of community, gender and women's identity. The artefacts created by Tith thus act as documents of the effects of the economic and social development in Cambodia on the private and urban spheres, on the individual and her environment, and formulate a visual poetics that evoke the possibility of change. Tith collaborates on film (with French-Cambodian filmmaker Chou Davy) and music (with the American Cambodian band Dengue Fever) projects and is active as a costume designer.






About Backers Foundation
The Backers Foundation is a private group of patrons from the business world who first joined together in 1994 to provide support for the Japan Animal Welfare Society. Since then, the 60 members have funded a variety of organisations. They also participate in self-organised committees set up for projects to which they volunteer their personal time under the motto of enjoying the good things. One of these efforts is a terakoya, or after-hours school for children, that the foundation has operated since 2005. Through the BAR (Backers and AIT Residence Programme) series, 14 artists, six curators and 1 editor have been invited from countries including the USA, the Netherlands, Afghanistan, Brazil, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Argentina, India, Kenya, Morocco and Indonesia.



Further Information
Press Enquiries
Ms. Suzuki at YAMAMOTO GENDAI
Tel: 03-6383-0626 / i@yamamotogendai.org

Backers Foundation/Artist-in-Residence Enquiries
Rika Yoda at Arts Initiative Tokyo
Tel: 03-5489-7277 / otoiawase@a-i-t.net

2015-7- 2

AIT ARTIST TALK #67

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AIT ARTIST TALK #67: "Today of Yesterday"
Talk and Film Screening by Rattana Vandy and Kanitha Tith from Cambodia
Date: Wednesday, July 15th 2015, 19:00 - 21:00

BAR8_ARTISTTALK
Top Left: Rattana Vandy, Looking In My Office 7, 2006 / Top Right: Rattana Vandy, Surface, France, 2011
Bottom Left: Kanitha Tith, Season of Cambodia, Transparent Studio at Bose Pacia, NYC photo courtesy: Pete Pin Bottom Right: Kanitha Tith, "Endlessly"(2011), Photo by Heng Ravuth


'History, memory, time.'
An evening talk and video screening with two emerging artists from Cambodia.

Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT] is pleased to present AIT ARTIST TALK #67 on Wednesday, July 15. Commencing at 7pm, the talk and video screening will be led by Rattana Vandy and Kanitha Tith, two Cambodian artists who are currently in Tokyo with the support of The Backers Foundation and AIT.

The event has been organised in conjunction with Vandy and Tith's exhibition,The BAR Vol.8 "Today of Yesterday", which will open on Saturday, July 11 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI.

A self taught photographer with a background in journalism, Rattana Vandy (b. 1980) is an artist working predominately with photography and video. As one of Cambodia's up-and-coming artists, Vandy has had his work featured in recent exhibitions including "TIME of OTHERS" at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Contemporary Art and "dOCUMENTA(13)", and was also shortlisted for this year's Hugo Boss Asia Art Award. In his most recent video work, "MONOLOGUE", Vandy speaks to those who lost their lives during the reign of the Khmer Rouge, addressing the time and pain that have since been removed from history. Through a translation project that has been reviving Khmer-language philosophy and technical texts lost through the bookburning policies of the Pol Pot era, Vandy has been reflecting on memory and history.

Kanitha Tith (b. 1987) is an artist who produces works across a range of media including sculpture, performance and installation. As an artist that questions the stereotypical roles assigned to women in Cambodia and the loss of history and place under the weight of power and capitalism, Tith's previous works include "Season of Cambodia" (2013), an installation comprising wire sculptures and women's underwear, and "Heavy Sand" (2012), a performance in which she wore a bathing suit and showered in a mix of water and sand. In 2010, Tith received an honourable mention at the inaugural You Khin Memorial Women's Art Prize, an award that recognises contributions to improving the rights and social status of women in Cambodia.

While celebrating strong economic growth in recent years, Cambodia is a country where much remains buried in history and time. Throughout the evening, the artists will use their talk and video screening as the basis for taking a broader look at their country's social circumstances, while also shedding light on the thinking behind their practice.
We hope that you can join us for this insightful and thought-provoking evening.


*Also participating in The Backer's Foundation/AIT joint residency program is Marianna Dobkowska, a Polish curator who will arrive in Tokyo on July 7. Dobukousuka will also be presenting an evening talk on Wednesday, July 22. The event will be held in English only, with further information to be uploaded to the AIT website in the coming weeks.


【Outline】
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 15 2015, 19:00 - 21:00
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Co-Organized by: The Backers Foundation
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama (Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku)
Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku
Capacity: 30. Booking Required.
Admission: JPY1000/JPY800: 'Base Members' and Students/Free: 'House Members' and 'Support Members'
Others: 1 free drink, talk will be in English with consecutive Japanese translation

[ CONTACT ]
Send an email with its subject as "AIT ARTIST TALK #67" to otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.

[ Artists Biography ]

Rattana VANDY(Born in 1980 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Rattana Vandy
Still from "MONOLOGUE", 2015, Single channel HD video, color, sound

Vandy lives and works between Phnom Penh, Paris and Taipei. In 2007, he was one of the co-founders of Stiev Selapak / Art Rebels, and in 2009 he was also one of the co-founders of Sa Sa Art Gallery. He contributed, in 2011, to establish SA SA BASSAC, the first dedicated exhibition spaces for contemporary art in Cambodia. Vandy Rattana began his photography practice in 2005 concerned with the lack of physical documentation accounting for the stories, traits, and monuments unique to his culture. His serial work employed a range of analog cameras and formats, straddling the line between strict photojournalism and artistic practice. His recent works mark a shift in philosophy surrounding the relationship between historiography and image making. For Vandy, photographs are now fictional constructions, abstract and poetic surfaces, histories of their own. He lately began interested in film-making. The short-film "MONOLOGUE" is his latest work. In 2014, he co-founded Ponleu Association, which aims to provide access to international reference books, through their translation and publication in Khmer. It also publishes its own books, focusing on various fields of knowledge (philosophy, literature, science, etc.)
www.vandyrattana.com


Kanitha Tith (Born in 1987 in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia)
Kanitha Tith

Tith lives and works in Phnom Penh, she works revolves around the production of sculptures and installations that investigate the possible relationships between the artist's personal experience and memories and her environment, namely the fast-changing landscape of Cambodia. Her sculptural work made of woven metal strings are informed by her childhood memories and combine her interest in the relationship between human and non-human form with spatial strategies that straddle Tith's domestic sphere with the public arena. The material used by the artist - metal strings, found traditional cooking stoves or collected objects belonging to her neighbours - pertains to the realm of daily Cambodian material culture. By so doing, Tith questions the status of the artist and its potential to engage with issues of community, gender and women's identity. The artefacts created by Tith thus act as documents of the effects of the economic and social development in Cambodia on the private and urban spheres, on the individual and her environment, and formulate a visual poetics that evoke the possibility of change. Tith collaborates on film (with French-Cambodian filmmaker Chou Davy) and music (with the American Cambodian band Dengue Fever) projects and is active as a costume designer.

2015-7- 2

ART FAIR TOKYO 2015 Guided Tour

Date: Sat. March 21 - Sun. March 22, 2015
Venue: Tokyo International Forum, B2F Exhibition Hall
*Booking required *Tour will be in Japanese or English

 
view of ART FAIR TOKYO 2014 / Photo : Munetoshi IWASHITA


[ Overview ]
Date: Sat. March 21 - Sun. March 22, 2015
Venue: Tokyo International Forum, B2F Exhibition Hall (5-1 Marunouchi 3-chome, Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo 100-0005 Japan)
Meeting point: ART FAIR TOKYO 2015 Ticket Counter
Organizer: ART FAIR TOKYO Committee
Planned and coordinated by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
In Cooperation with: Warehouse TERRADA

[ Admission ]
4,500 yen each (includes tax and ART FAIR TOKYO 2015 1-DAY Passport)
*For ART FAIR TOKYO 2015 1-DAY Passport holder: 3,000yen (includes tax).



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2015-3- 3

Notice from AIT Office

Kindly note that our office phone number will be out of use on Friday January 23rd 11:00am-12:00pm(noon), due to phone line repairing. For urgent inquiries, please email us at otoiawase●a-i-t.net.
We apologize for any inconveniences caused and would like to thank you for your understanding in advance.

2015-1-23

Nov. 1st, 18:30-: AIT + ARCUS Night Part 7

Dreams, Moon, Nature, Modern Architecture...The Cosmic Mind of Artists
Mini Talk by Artists from The Netherlands, Argentina, Cyprus, and Sweden

Date: Saturday November 1st, 2014
Time: 18:30-21:30, Mini Talks begin at 19:30
Venue: AIT room Daikanyama [MAP]
*Free Entry / No booking required

AITxARCUS

We are pleased to host AIT + ARCUS Night Part 7 "The Cosmic Mind of Artists" on November 1st. AIT`s resident artist, Jenny Akerlund(Sweden) and 3 artists in residence of ARCUS will give a talk about their works and about their experiences in Japan. The talk will be translated consecutively into Japanese from English.

The guest curator of this year`s Arcus Project, Mihoko Nishikawa(Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo) and Coordinator will also be present at the event.



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2014-10-17

July 3rd, 19:00-: AIT SLIDE TALK #30


AIT SLIDE TALK #30 Viewing event "Thinking about Writing about Art"
Speakers: Christy Lange (Associate Editor of frieze magazine), Andrew Maerkle (ART iT), Roger McDonald (AIT)
Date and Time: August 6th (Wednesday), 7 - 9pm
Venue: AIT Room, Daikanyama

*AIT will hold a screening event of AIT SLIDE TALK #30 which was held last month, as we received many sign-ups but due to limited capacity, many could not register. We look forward to your coming. *Talk was held in English only.

AIT SLIDE TALK #30
Thinking about Writing about Art: Christy Lange (Associate Editor of frieze magazine), Andrew Maerkle (ART iT) and Roger McDonald (AIT).

Date and Time: Thursday, July 3rd, 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room, Daikanyama

*The talk will be held in English, with no Japanese translation.

AITSLIDETALK30
Left: frieze magazine 2014 Summer issue No.164 / Right: 2014 May issue No. 163

We are pleased to be hosting Christy Lange, Associate Editor of frieze magazine for a one month residency in Tokyo supported by The Backers Foundation. Christy has written extensively about contemporary art for frieze magazine, in addition to organizing talk programs for Frieze New York and London.

For this event Christy will introduce frieze magazine, its workings, and its editorial directions within the broader landscape of art media and criticism today. Following her presentation, Andrew Maerkle of ART iT and AIT's Roger McDonald will join Christy for a roundtable discussion about art journalism and criticism, with a focus on the situation in Japan. In a highly globalized art scene, what is the role of art magazines like frieze? Can we speak of a shared international art discourse today, and how could we imagine Japan in this context? Is art history still the foundational ground from which to write art criticism, or can we identify a more open field of references that includes music, film, literature or art brut? Throughout the discussion, questions and comments from the audience will be welcomed.

We look forward to your attendance at this special event.



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2014-6-25

July 12 - 26: THE BAR Vol.7 Exhibition

The Backers Foundation and AIT residence programme vol. 7
"NEW WORKS BY ALBERT SAMRETH (USA) AND GOR SOUDAN (Kenya)"

Saturday, July 12 - Saturday, July 26 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI (Shirokane-Takanawa, Tokyo)
Opening Reception: 6pm - 8pm on Saturday, July 12


The BAR vol.7
Left: "Continuity Drift" (2013). Natural pigment dyes /reference image.  Right: Gor Soudan, Drawing in space (2014). Protest wire / reference image.

Press release Download(PDF / 889KB)


Exhibition flier Download(PDF / 5.4MB)


Artists interview Download(PDF / 2.3MB)
Interview by Ben Davis and Naoko Horiuchi



The exhibition will mark the 7th time that The Backers Foundation and AIT have partnered together, having previously hosted artists and curators from Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East. As part of the joint residency programme, the exhibition will be accompanied by research, production and cultural exchange through educational sessions.

Albert Samreth (Born in 1987, Los Angeles, USA) is an emerging conceptual artist who has developed a studio practice based around engaging with natural and systematic processes. For this exhibition, Samreth will present a new series of paintings created by either the effects of Tokyo's heavy summer rainfall or made by the sunlight in a natural photographic process. The remainder of his work for the show will be derived from graphic scores related to his concurrent project for the International Moscow Biennale of Young Art, where he will be teaching songs to an African Grey Parrot.

Gor Soudan (Born in 1983, Kisumu, Kenya) is a self-taught conceptual artist based in Nairobi, Kenya. For this exhibition, Soudan will present pieces from his "Drawing in Space" series alongside linear drawings and an installation constructed in his Tokyo studio using a variety of locally-sourced, natural materials.



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2014-6-22

March 24th, 19:00-: AIT ARTIST TALK #65

「Technics, Labour, Abstraction」Artist talk about recent works and new ideas by Dutch artist Vincent Vulsma
Date and Time: Monday, March 24th, 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama 
*Booking required *Talk will be in English with consecutive translation

Vincent Vulsma Left: Figure 1.1 (Raghu Bhai), 2013 and Figure 1.2 (Norbhai Badhiya), 2013, Jacquard fabric, hand spun cotton
and machine-spun cotton, on wooden stretcher, 215 x 150 x 4 cm and 500 x 150 x 4 cm
Right: Figure 1.2 (Norbhai Badhiya), 2013, detail, Jacquard fabric, hand spun cotton and machine-spun cotton,
on wooden stretcher, 500 x 150 x 4 cm/ Photo: Achim Kukulies

AIT is pleased to present a talk by Dutch artist in residence Vincent Vulsma on Monday, March 24. Vulsma is currently undertaking a residency in Tokyo with support from The Mondriaan Fonds Foundation in the Netherlands.

The work of Vincent Vulsma explores the tensions between autonomous art and the socio-political relations underlying its production. The history and economy of cultural appropriation serve as important starting points for his investigations, with an underlying theme being the relationship between work and artwork. By playing various production technologies off against one another, Vulsma interrogates the hierarchic division of immaterial and material labour in an era that is dominated by digital forms of production.

For example, the source of his recent works, 'Figure 1.1 (Raghu Bhai)' and 'Figure 1.2 (Norbai Badhiya)', which were created on a computer-controlled Jacquard loom, was an 18th century Indian chintz from the collection of the Calico Museum in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Using a handheld scanner primarily used for document scanning, Vulsma digitised details of the historical fabric. The irregularities and distortions caused by the scanning process are transferred abstractly into the digitally woven structure whose height corresponds exactly to the duration of each scan operation. By defining the volume of the cotton to be processed, the amount of physical labour was also quantified. Starting from the idea that abstracted knowledge is stored in cultural goods and artefacts, Vulsma's works reflect the interaction of historical relationships - such as India's leading role in the history of textile production, the rapid development of a European market and the desire to copy the Indian form language for Europe's own production - and the contemporary hierarchies in an unequal global distribution of labour.

For the talk, Vulsma will present a selection of his projects from the past few years. Furthermore he will introduce the focus of his current research in Japan. During his residency Vulsma has studied the historical process of adaption and imitation of exotic cotton textiles during the Edo period in Japan, in particular shima-mono (striped and checked fabrics) and sarasa (Indian chintz and its imitations produced in South-East Asia and Europe). Such imports largely increased under influence of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in the early modern global trading system. Rather than focusing on the style and meaning of such patterns, Vulsma is interested in the technical modification that these patterns underwent through local differences in mass printing and dyeing technologies, for example the use of Japanese katagami stencils versus Indian block printing. He would be happy to share how these findings could possibly shape concepts for new works.

The talk will be in English with consecutive Japanese translation.

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2014-3-20

August 3rd 18:30 -: Summer Minglius


Summer Minglius "Ancient cities in dreams, and 12,350km"
Residence Program Report by 2 Artists: Masahiro Wada and Alberto Rodríguez Collía

Saturday August 3rd 18:30 - 21:30 *Mini-Talk by the artists from 19:30
AIT Room, Daikanyama *Free Entry
Masahiro WadaBeto Collia
Left: One of the images of the ancient city in Masahiro Wada's dream
Right: Photo of Tokyo and Guatemala by Alberto Rodríguez Collía


Minglius is an event organised by the non profit art organisation AIT for MAD students and anyone else to mingle, mooch and mambo.

Since 2003, AIT has been carrying out an experimental Artist in Residency Programs in Tokyo, hosting (or sending abroad) more than 60 artists and curators. Many of the previous artists have developed their networks during their stay inTokyo and revisited for new exhibitions and projects. How do artists perceive different cities and people, during a limited period of time, and connect these experiences to their new works?

For this Minglius, we will invite two artitsts : Masahiro Wada and Alberto Rodriguez Collía who have travelled as a residence artist to Mexico, and Tokyo. They will give a short presentation about their experiences and ideas for new works inspired from their stay.

Wada visited fortune tellers in Mexico City to ask for the location of an ancient ruins that appeared in his dream. Collía got inspired by the similarities of how the individuals interacts with each other in Tokyo and Guatemala, although both countries have different history and culture, and are 12,350km away from each other.
By being mobile, artists cast light upon such discoveries and phenomenons that we tend to overlook.

Please join in for a time to explore the artists' ideas and imaginations 'before' they are taken into art works. AIT staff Naoko Horiuchi will be the moderator.
There will be a bar with drinks and snacks for sale.

MINGLIUS IS A NON SMOKING EVENT - smokers can smoke at the entrance to the building downstairs. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated! At the event, there will be a bar, snacks, a relaxed sitting on the floor environment and music as usual. We look forward to seeing you!

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2013-7-25

July 13 - 27: The BAR vol.6 Exhibition

The Backers Foundation and AIT residence programme vol. 6
New works from Allegra Pacheco and Alberto Rodríguez Collía

Saturday, July 13 - Saturday, July 27, 2013 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI (Shirokane, Tokyo)


AllegraPacheco AlbertoRodriguezcollia
Left: Allegra Pacheco / Untitled / 2013  Right: Alberto Rodríguez Collía / No lugar (Non place) / 2013



Press release (Japanese) Download(PDF / 893KB)





The Backers Foundation and Arts Initiative Tokyo are delighted to announce the 6th Backers and AIT Residence (BAR) programme exhibition, "Divided Against Ourselves " which will be held between July 13th and 27th at YAMAMOTO GENDAI. This year, emerging artists Allegra Pacheco (b.1986) and Alberto Rodríguez Collía (b.1985) will present works inspired by the experiences and discoveries of their three month residency in Tokyo, funded by the Backers Foundation.

Allegra Pacheco is a Costa Rican artist who works in a variety of mediums, with her work predominantly photographic, but often expanding into drawing and installation. In 2012, Pacheco exhibited her first installation work, 'Boobs', a series of breast-shaped soft sculptures made in collaboration with disenfranchised women from La Carpio, an immigrant neighborhood in Costa Rica. The exhibition space took on the innocence of a children's playground, but at the same time served as a platform whereby feminist issues and taboo subjects such as sexuality could be addressed in an un-biased environment. For this exhibition, Pacheco will produce an installation using both photography and illustration, and inspired by the architecture and density of Tokyo, where systems and rules unconsciously control the city's occupants and their lives. Her fantastical cityscapes are claustrophobic and lonely, where the post-apocalyptic undertones of a machine-ruled world invite the viewer to contemplate where our growth-focused lifestyles might lead our future generations.

In Japan for the first time, Guatemalan artist Alberto Rodríguez Collía uses archive's images (newspapers, television commercials, documentaries, video clips and the internet) to produce video works, drawings and collages. Collía presents images borrowed from mass media to criticize the unstable social and political situation in his country. For the 2008 project 'La Favorita', Collía gathered together with Erick Menchú, Guatemalan visual artist, images of folk sign designs from Guatemala, sharing the anonymous voices of the country. During his stay in Tokyo, he will produce engravings that combine semi-autobiographical situations from Guatemala and Tokyo, weaving together new stories.

The artists share certain similarities in that they use familiar motifs, presented at times in humorous ways, to portray the hidden and darker elements of our society. In recent years, as collectors increase, and the market expands, there is increasing interest in the South American art scene, but at the same time there is much to be learnt about creative expression and the socio-cultural situation.

Residency programs allow us to look through the artist's eyes, seeing not only the pleasant, but also the cultural differences and misunderstandings, in turn allowing us to view our society in a different manner.

Text: Naoko Horiuchi (AIT) Translation: Ben Davis

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2013-7-12