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Petra Noordkamp

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Petra Noordkamp
(Lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

©Awoiska van der Molen, courtesy of the artist

Petra Noordkamp moves fluidly between photography and film. She explores the influence of experiences, memories, movies and dreams on the perception of architecture and the urban environment. Her work is characterized by a great love of simplicity, emptiness, form and aesthetics, radiating a feeling of loneliness, alienation and melancholy.

She lives and works in Amsterdam where she studied photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. In 2012, her first short film The Mother, the Son and the Architect was shown in an exhibition of her work at Foam in Amsterdam and was selected for various Dutch and international film festivals and exhibitions. She was an artist-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome in 2013. In 2014 the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York commissioned her to make a short film about the Land Art work and memorial Il Grande Cretto di Gibellina by the Italian artist Alberto Burri. This film was among others screened at the Guggenheim in New York, K21 in Dusseldorf, MAXXI in Rome and Centre Pompidou in Paris. Her film When you return I'll be living by the waterside (2017) had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2018 and it won the Move Cine Arch Award for best form in Venice. Her latest installation Fragile-Handle with Care was a commission from MAXXI National Museum of Contemporary Art and Architecture in Rome, for the Terre in Movimento project.

During the residency in the Arts Initiative Tokyo, she wants to work out the topics - silence and fear - that concerns her. She is going to do research into meditative spaces but also wants to investigate the subject of fear, her (our) need for control, our vulnerability.

Excerpt: Il Grande Cretto di Gibellina
Trailer: When you return I'll be living by the waterside

Residency: January 17 - April 12, 2020
Co-organized by Mondriaan Fonds

Installation view film project Fragile - Handle with Care at 'Terre in Movimento' in MAXXI, Rome, May 11 - September 1, 2019

Installation view film project When you return I'll be living by the waterside in Pomphuis, Culemborg, September 29, 2017

Installation view film project La Madre, il Figlio e l'Architetto at 'Extraordinary Visions. L'Italia ci guarda', MAXXI, Rome, June 2 - October 23, 2016

Installation view film project Il Grande Cretto di Gibellina at 'Alberto Burri. The Trauma of Painting', The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, October 9, 2015 - January 6, 2016

Installation view photo work Milano Centrale, 2009 at 'The Mirror and Lamp Show' in Jagtlust, 's Graveland, March 25 - May 3, 2015
All images ©Petra Noordkamp, courtesy of the artist



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(Lives and works in Guangzhou, China)

ErGao, courtesy of the artist

ErGao is a multi-media dancer/choreographer whose work uses dance, film, installation and other creative strategies. After graduating from Guangdong cantonese opera school in 2001, he studied in adult college class of joint college of Sun Yat-sen University and Guang Dong Dance College in 2002, majoring in contemporary dance. In 2006, he graduated from APA, Hong Kong with full scholarship.

ErGao founded ErGao Dance Production Group (EDPG) in 2007 in Guangzhou, with a focus on dance theatre, dance film, community art and dance education. His productions continuously see the body as the primary medium of work and the site of artistic investigation, using diverse strategies to explore Chinese social and cultural identities, sex, gender and other topics.

Between 2007 and 2012, ErGao was invited to participate in multiple projects in collaboration with international dance companies and dance festivals, including Rubatu Tanz Company, Angie Hiesl and Roland Kaiser (Germany), Living Dance Studio (China), Limitrof Company (France), Emio Greco | PC (Holland). After 2012, ErGao accepted multiple commissions from different arts organizations and art festivals, including Ibsen International (Norway), Fabbrica Europa (Italy), Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong Jumping Frames Dance Film Festival (Hong Kong), Guangdong Modern Dance Festival, Guangdong Modern Dance Company, Guangdong Times Museum (Guangzhou), Shanghai Ming Contemporary Art Museum (Shanghai), DPAC Dance Company (Malaysia) and other organizations. He was selected as resident artist of Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council in 2019. In 2015, German's media "Deutsche Welle" named Ergao "one of the bright stars of contemporary dance in China."

Residency: January 14 - February 29, 2020
Supported by: The Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2019

Dance Square, Performance, 2018, photo by Quan Ni, courtesy of the artist

Dance camp of National young Dancers Development Plan, 2018, courtesy of the artist

"Body and Daily Objects" workshop, 2015, photo by Gu Tianchang, courtesy of the artist

Kung Hei Fat Choy, 2019, photo by Chun Li, courtesy of the artist

Kung Hei Fat Choy, 2019, photo by Chun Li, courtesy of the artist


Sutthirat Supaparinya

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Sutthirat Supaparinya
(Born in Chiang Mai, lives and works in Chiang Mai, Thailand)

Photo by Jeremy Samuelson

Sutthirat earned a BFA in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Chiang Mai University and a postgraduate diploma in Media Arts from Hochschule Fuer Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, Germany.
The artwork of Sutthirat Supaparinya's encompasses a variety of mediums such as installation, objects, still photos and moving images. With her artistic practice and further research to conduct, she interprets the public information to question, and reveals its structure that is affective upon her and the viewer as national/global citizen. Her recent projects focus on the history and the impact of human activities giving to the other existence and the histrocial and cultural landscape within.

Museums and galleries that have featured Sutthirat's works include Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Mori Art Museum, Japan, Jim Thompson Art Center, Maiiam Contemporary Art Museum, Gallery Ver, Thailand, Queensland Art Gallery and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Australia, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, USA, Singapore Art Museum and ArtScience Museum, Singapore, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Poland, along with international festivals and biennials such as Koganecho Bazaar 2011 in Yokohama, Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2012 and 2018, Japan, EVA International [Ireland's Biennial] in Limerick City, Ireland, 12th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea, Cairo Biennale 13 in Cairo, Eygpt and Biennale Jogja Equator #5, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

As a visual artist in the art community of Chiang Mai, she has found and is operation Chiang Mai Art Conversation(CAC) since 2013. Most recently, she was also the director of Asian Culture Station (ACS) in the year of 2016-19, when CAC partnered with the Japan Foundation Asia Center to establish the cultural station in the heart of Chiang Mai. CAC aims to promote contemporary art in Chiang Mai while ACS activated Asian culture and to promote its network.

Residency: September 6 - October 15, 2019
Supported by: 2019 The Asia Center Fellowship Program

When Need Moves the Earth, video, 2014

When Need Moves the Earth, video, 2014

After the Residency

AIT had a chance to ask some questions to the artist, Suthirat Supaparinya after she has gone back to her home country to look back what she experienced during the The Asia Center Fellowship Program.

AIT: Previously, you have participated in some residencies and joined art exhibitions at various places in Japan. How was this time different from those experiences, and what did you find in particular?

Supaparinya (Som): I'm flexible to travel and meet new people with a loosely focus on 2-3 frames. This time allowed me to travel and explore on my own to many cities outside of Tokyo. This way, I can see a bigger and realistic picture of the country as well as its relation to the neighboring countries.

AIT: What would this fellowship benefit your future practice?

Som: My board interest rooted in my practice is "landscape." Currently and in the future, my attention will involve with history, traveling routes, issues on geopolitical/economic/natural resource, and the change of those landscapes. The fellowship allowed me to go, see and talk with locals what I have only learned through books or on hearsay. It's hard for me to go straight to concentrate on one project/idea after the trip since the knowledge I got through those direct communication is vast and I need to digest and research further in details, in order to develop on each subject I'm interested in. This research trip was a great opportunity for me to start a new chapter in my career.

AIT: You have vigorously led Asian Culture Station (ACS)*1 forward until recently with the support of Asia Center, and now it is closed after completing its term. How do you describe the city of Chiang Mai have input cultural/intellectual resources from the previous programs, and as an artist who is based in Chiang Mai, what is your future hope for the city after ACS?

Som: I think ACS was one engine that helped to move contemporary arts and culture in the city with the other organizations and individuals who were willing to enhance their network and knowledge. Each of us seemed to push and activate the importance of cultural/intellectual practice. I'm grateful to see the seed we have planted (both direct and indirect way) to grow on their own. I have seen some newly initiated projects sprouting up in an energetic way in both government and private sectors, even though the political situation and economic slowdown that most of us experienced recently. I wish that our initiative and a small collective project such as ACS and CAC*2 can give an inspiration to many more people to get together and create what they want for Chiang Mai to be.

*1 | Asian Culture Station. From 2016 to 2019, ACS partnered with Japan Foundation Asia Center and hosted various art programs such exhibitions, talks, and symposia all open to the public. Located centrally in Chiang Mai, just off to Nimmanhaemin Road, ACS attracted many local creative minds, international artists, curators and professionals to visit. Her interview is also available on the following website. SUTTHIRAT SUPAPARINYA――Knocking on Doors
*2 | Chaing Mai Art Conversation. Along with her art production, Som has been a leading member of CAC since its establishment.

2019-9- 6

Aron Landahl

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Aron Landahl
(Born in Sweden 1984. Lives and works in Uppsala, Sweden)

Aron Landahl was raised on the island of Gotland in the Baltic sea. As an illustrator, Aron Landahl's images have been seen in various magazines throughout Sweden. Its setting often involves elements from the nature and the quieter dwelling with some distances away from the peak of action. The mood is somewhat eerie. Hatching with steel pen and ink creates misty details for the viewers to observe. Landahl plans his debut to publish a book in Sweden as the illustrator and author of Dropp Dropp, a horror story for three-year olds.

When he was a child, he found a book at the local communal library called 100 views of Mt. Fuji with magnificent images within. Now, some decades later, he travels to Japan to further study the world of Hokusai and his works of art. With this, the artistic examination is to develop the project 100 views of Karlsö, a local application of Hokusai's great works. The centre of these views will instead be the islands of Karlsö, situated in the Gotlandic area where Landahl was raised. These islands are regionally famous for their unique cakelike shapes attracting birds and plants of rare kinds.


Residency: September - November, 2019
Supported by: Iaspis

Island of Karlsö ©Aron Landahl

Ophelia's shadow theatre, Poster illustration ©Aron Landahl

Editorial Illustrations ©Aron Landahl

2019-9- 2

Charlott Markus

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Charlott Markus
(Born in Sweden, works and lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Charlott Markus is a Swedish visual artist living and working in Amsterdam. After graduating from the Photography Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy her works has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the Netherlands and abroad. Markus constructs still-lifes and arrangements that predominantly end up as photographic series and as site-specific spatial pieces. Markus is the recipient of the Proven Talent grant from The Mondriaan foundation in 2016 supporting her work for four years. The way Markus works is not only investigating space, color and form but an indirect investigation into relations and structures (often mixed with her own biography). Aside from being a visual artist Markus occasionally organizes events and curates exhibitions with themes close to her own artist practice.

Her solo shows includes "Markus&I" (Weekender Trailer Show, Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam, 2014), "Live at: Matter of Gradation" (Intelligentsia Gallery, Beijing, 2015), "Solitaire" (Probe Project Space, Suze May Sho, Amsterdam, 2017). Her works are also exhibited in the group shows including "Collective Thinking, For Freedoms" at Aperture Foundation, NY (2017), "Who are we again?" at Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (2018).

Through the residency at AIT she will develop new ways of seeing and to make an in-depth acquaintance with history and symbolism within the fields of Japanese textiles, traditions and within the daily (art) life of a contemporary Japan.

Residency: January 9 - April 4, 2018
Co-organized by Mondriaan Fonds
Event: AIT ARTIST TALK #75 "Indefinite ways of actual seeing"
Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Time: 19:00 - 21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room

Matter of Gradation #II, 2015, Felt, diverse textiles, drawing paper, calligraphy silk, video projection, wood / Installation
©Charlott Markus

Partition #3 (Markus&I), 2018, Oak wood, ink print, silk thread, various textiles,
©Charlott Markus

Partition #4 (apparition), 2018, 30 secondhand lace curtains, 2 self-made textile pieces, aluminium tubes, cotton wire
©Charlott Markus

Solitaire, 2017, Wood, paint, textile, plastic, LEE filters / Installation - photography
©Charlott Markus

2019-1- 9

Florence Dwyer

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Florence Dwyer
(b.1992 in London, lives and works in Glasgow)

Florence Dwyer is an artist who currently lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland where she graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in 2014. Dwyer's practice has previously been informed by research into the politics behind the process of building, making and inhabiting and predominantly takes the form of ceramics, textile pieces or furniture. Dwyer is particularly interested in the design of domestic settings and different models of living and my work predominantly takes the form of ceramics, textile pieces or furniture, and researching the history of the people, especially in relation to craft, industry and labour practices and thinking about political relevance of this in relation to everyday life, in particularly the domestic realm. This has previously involved working rigorously with archives and within factories themselves to explore lesser known stories from the ground up. The work then usually manifests through drawing connections with materials which feel relevant to the project, investigating their origins and reacting to their properties.
Her artworks have been previously shown at the numerous exhibitions such as "I remain Yours" (The Tenement House, Glasgow, 2018), "Village College" (The Lighthouse Glasgow, 2018), "Reel Meal" (David Dale Gallery Garden, 2017). Dwyer is a recipient of the following major awards; Inches Carr Craft Award (2018) and Glasgow Life Visual Arts and Crafts Mentoring Award. (2017-18)

For the first part of the residency Dwyer will look in to the design and social impact of Nagaya, row houses created in the Edo period as living spaces for the common class. Residents within the same building lived in close proximity to each other, creating a sense of community at a time of high density population growth in the capital, to think about how craft is ingrained in these domestic spaces and how the cooperation mentality of the present day Japanese society may have stemmed from these living conditions in the Edo period. In Arita, she will interview potters who work in different production sites, explore the workers relation to ceramics outside of the factory/studio realm.

Residency: January 9, 2019 - March 19, 2019
Supported by: The Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2018
Event: AIT ARTIST TALK #76 "Greenware"
Date: ednesday, March 20, 2019 / 19:00 - 20:30
Venue: OLDHAUS, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Residency Programme|Report & Interview: Download (PDF/1.4MB) Edited by Ben Davis
Report: RealTokyo Culture Review Site: AIT ARTIST TALK #76 "Greenware"

Detail of I Remain Yours, objects collected, donated and borrowed from Eliz Murphy, Annette Rauf,
Jane Sutherland and Margaret Watt, 2018
Photograph by Malcolm Cochrane
©Florence Dwyer

I Remain Yours, objects collected, donated and borrowed from Eliz Murphy, Annette Rauf,
Jane Sutherland and Margaret Watt, 2018
Photograph by Malcolm Cochrane
©Florence Dwyer

Making the Bed, Laying the Table, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, 2016
Works made in collaboration with Simon Worthington and Katie Schwab
Photograph by Max Slaven
©Florence Dwyer

Home-ware, Tufted Rug, 2018
Photograph by Malcolm Cochrane
©Florence Dwyer

2019-1- 9

Ylva Carlgren

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Ylva Carlgren
(b.1984 in Luleå. Lives and works in Stockholm)

Ylva Carlgren works with non-figurative watercolor painting. The work is experimental and systematic. Through a meticulous and controlled layering technique, fields of color are gradually charged with light, manipulating the perceptual field. The work is an exploration of the limitations of her medium. It is a process of perfection where the artist's practice becomes and end in and of itself. Relinquishing any and all mimetic pretension, Carlgren creates a reduced visual language characterized by presence and stillness.

Carlgren holds an MFA from Valand School of Fine Arts in Gothenburg, Sweden. She is the recipient of grants from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm and Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation.
She has exhibited in solo and group shows such as "300 Layers" (solo exhibition at Gallery Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, Sweden, 2018), "The Shadows' call" (solo exhibition at Gallery Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, Sweden, 2016), and "In Light of Absence". (duo exhibition at Market art fair, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017)

Website: Ylva Carlgren

Stay: September 18 - December 15, 2018
Co-organized by IASPIS

Black square on grey (watercolor on paper, 50 x 50cm, 2017)

White square on black (watercolor on paper, 50 x 50cm, 2018)

In light of absence (6) (watercolour on paper, 73 x 53cm, 2016)

Installation view (Galleri Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, 2018)

2018-9- 3

"Tokyo A La Carte −The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme (The Bar) Memories of 10 years"

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Commemorating 10 years of the residency programme
"Tokyo A La Carte
−The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme (The Bar) Memories of 10 years

August 24th, Friday - September 1st, Saturday, 2018 *Closed on August 26th and 27th
TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY / ShugoArts / Taka Ishii Gallery (Roppongi)

A La Carte
(Exhibition image visual)
Photo: Miti Ruangkritya (2017 resident artist, Thailand)
Design: Yasutaka Fukuoka


Press Release Japanese: Download(PDF / 3.6MB)/English: Download(PDF / 3.2MB)


− Visioning Tokyo by 20 Artists for the past 10 years

The Backers Foundation and Arts Initiative Tokyo is pleased to announce the coming exhibition, "Tokyo A La Carte -The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme (The BAR) Memories of 10 years" from August 24th to September 1st at three venues, TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY / ShugoArts / Taka Ishii Gallery in the complex665 building centrally located in Roppongi, Tokyo.

Since 2007, The Backers Foundation and Arts Initiative Tokyo (AIT) have been collaborating on the Artist-in-Residence Programme (The BAR) and invited a total of 20 emerging artists from 15 countries across Americas, Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia to support their artistic research and production in Japan.
The key characteristic of The BAR is that it is collaboratively organized between members of The Backers Foundation, business experts, and AIT, a non-profit organization specialized in contemporary art. With support from art galleries in Tokyo, the programme created opportunities for each of the artists to present new works produced during their stay along with previous works. The works have been partially collected by The Backers Foundation.
In its 12th year, to commemorate the completion of the programme, the exhibition "Tokyo A La Carte -The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme (The Bar) Memories of 10 years" showcases various works by 20 artists in multiple venues and with generous support from TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY, ShugoArts and Taka Ishii Gallery.

Through their works and artistic viewpoints, The BAR has learned about the complex histories of the artists' countries and the various trajectories that extend to the current state in today's diverse landscapes where these artists live and work. Originally from Afghanistan, Khadim Ali came to Japan in 2007 from the Hazara ethnic group who are native to Central Asia. His home country remains in a state of tension and the landscape of Bamiyan Valley remains as testimony to the tragic destruction of the two standing Buddha statues. Duto Hardono and Syagini Ratnawulan came over from Indonesia in 2011, after the disastrous earthquakes and the aftermaths from the Fukushima nuclear power plant, in response to the situation with their own memory from the earthquakes Indonesia previously suffered. A Guatemalan artist Alberto Rodríguez Collía from 2013 and a Kenyan artist Gor Soudan from 2014, both have undergone oppression and struggles in their artistic expressions and they joined the programme to pursue a sense of freedom in order to expand their passion towards research activities back in their countries. In 2016, Krishnapriya Tharmakrishnar from Sri Lanka took her very first journey outside of her country. She has had an extraordinary life experience in which she lost her mother during the civil war that continued until 2009 in her hometown, Jaffna.

These artists all lived and witnessed history being made and their artistic interpretations through unique experiences in Japanese society and interactions here were interwoven into their art production. Exhibiting these artworks and their practices widely again today will uncover diverse realities that are globally shared today.

Utilizing the space of three galleries, the exhibition embodies and observes through three keywords: "Urban Space" (TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY), "Inhabitants" (ShugoArts) and "Imaginative Memory" (Taka Ishii Gallery), while each artwork from the different years come together in a space where cultural dialogues and its fruition in the current landscape of Tokyo through their eyes will be evoked.
We hope you enjoy a la carte of Tokyo served by 20 artists at the exhibition.
On this occasion, the exhibition is also offering guided tours and a small and limitedly published catalogue, comprising installation views from the past residency exhibitions and comments expressed by the people involved.

[ Exhibition Overview ]
"Tokyo A La Carte -The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme (The Bar) Memories of 10 years"
Date: August 24th, Friday - September 1st, Saturday, 2018 *Closed on August 26th and 27th
Venues: TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY / ShugoArts / Taka Ishii Gallery
6-5-24, complex665 2F/3F, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:00 - 19:00
Organized by Arts Initiative Tokyo
Co-organized by The Backers Foundation
Collaborated by TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY / ShugoArts / Taka Ishii Gallery
Supported by Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Japan / Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Japan

Opening reception: August 24th, Friday, 18:00 - 20:00
Guided Tour: August 25th, Saturday, 15:00 - 16:00 and 31st, Friday, 16:00 - 17:00
*Free Admission / No booking required / Please meet at the entrance on the 2nd floor.

About the 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 64 members have funded a variety of organisations. They also participate in self-organised committees set up for a wide range of projects to which they volunteer their personal time under the motto of enjoying the good things.

Participating Artists


Thiago Rocha Pitta (b.1980 Brazil)
Allegra Pacheco (b.1986 Costa Rica)
Pradeep Mishra (b.1977 India)
Rattana Vandy (b.1980 Cambodia)
Kanitha Tith (b.1987 Cambodia)
Miti Ruangkritya (b.1981 Thailand)

Left: Rattana Vandy Shadow in the Dark, 2015, Wood, nails, text, 92.5 x 182.5 x 5.5cm *2
Center: Pradeep Mishra Installation view from warmth of togetherness, 2010, Oil paint, canvas, 45.5 x 53cm /each *1
Right: Allegra Pacheco Installation view from Untitled, 2013, Ink on paper, 72.5 x 53cm *1
*1 Photo by Keizo Kioku | *2 Photo by Yukiko Koshima

ShugoArts (2F) − Inhabitants

Khadim Ali (b.1978 Afganistan)
Erika Verzutti (b.1971 Brazil)
Alberto Rodríguez Collía (b.1985 Guatemala)
Albert Samreth (b.1987 U.S.A.)
Krishnapriya Tharmakrishnar (b.1987 Sri Lanka)
Chaw Ei Thein (b.1969 Myanmar)

Left: Khadim Ali KOISANKA, 2007, DVD data *1
Center: Albert Samreth Perfect Strangers (Sou-Sou), 2014, Pigment on Sou-Sou Graphic Canvas, 91 x 73 cm *2
Right: Alberto Rodríguez Collía Non-place, 2013, 32 x 38cm/each, Drypoint, paper *Reference image *2
*1 Photo by Keizo Kioku | *2 Photo by Yukiko Koshima

Taka Ishii Gallery (3F) − Imaginative Memory

Mary-Elizabeth Yarbrough (b.1974 U.S.A.)
Donna Ong (b.1978 Singapore)
Florencia Rodríguez Giles (b.1978 Argentina)
Minam Apang (b.1980 India)
Syagini Ratnawulan (b.1979 Indonesia)
Duto Hardono (b.1985 Indonesia)
Gor Soudan (b.1983 Kenya)
Sarah Abu Abdallah (b.1990 Saudi Arabia)

Left: Syagini Ratnawulan Family portrait, 2011, 77 x 57cm, Technical pen drawing on paper *1
Center: Gor Soudan minimal tension 1/6, 2014, 36 x 36cm, Protest wire *2
Right: Duto Hardono Memory Spy (detail), 2011, Dimensions variable, Blank cassette tapes *2
*1 Photo by Keizo Kioku | *2 Photo by Yukiko Koshima


Christoph Liedtke

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Christoph Liedtke
(b. 1985 in Saalfeld, lives and works in Halle, Germany)

In 2010 Christoph Liedtke finished an apprenticeship for wood sculpture and studied at the university of art and design Burg Giebichenstein until 2016. Since then he works as a painter, sculptor, poet and sound-performer. Since 2018 he is an original member of the artcollective Rhizom Halle-Leipzig and organizes several art events. He currently publishes a volume of poetry entitled "Symmetrie der Risse" (the symmetry of cracks) and works on an illustrated book together with mentally challenged people.
The artwork of Liedtke's is about the capability and possibility of humans perceiving reality as something beautiful, undefined, and undetermined. The central leitmotif of his artwork is an ontoligical questioning of what we perceive as form. This leads towards a relativization of the phenomenon and concept from which arises the subversive force of art.

He exhibited at numerous exhibitions, such as "2018 Talents" (Munich, 2017), "Graded Present" (Burg Gallery, Halle, 2017), New Aspects of Landscape Painting, (art-price Kreissparkasse Esslingen-Nürtingen, 2016), "Home in the Foreign" (Art Foundation Saxony-Anhalt, Halle, 2015)

Christoph Liedtke
Rhizom Halle-Leipzig

Residency: May 2 - June 30, 2018
Supported by ザクセン=アンハルト州芸術財団

Winterlandschaft (Winter landscape), Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 70 cm, 2014

Landschaft (Landscape), Acrylic and oil on canvas, 210 x 190 cm, 2016

"Graded Present" exhibition view, Burg Gallery, Halle (Saale), 2017

"Home in the Foreign" exhibition view, Art Foundation Saxony-Anhalt, Halle (Saale), 2015

2018-5- 2

Sara Ouhaddou

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Sara Ouhaddou
(b. 1986 in Paris, lives and works in Paris, France)

Born in France in a traditional Moroccan family and graduated from the École Olivier De Serres in Paris. Sara Ouhaddou's dual culture informs her practice as a continuous cultural and anthropological dialogue, questioning the transformations of her heritage. Ouhaddou strikes a balance between traditional Moroccan art forms and the conventions of contemporary art, aiming to place artistic creation's in forgotten cultural continuities into new perspectives.

She has exhibited at numerous group exhibitions extensively and art festivals such as "Islamic Art festival" (Sharja Art Museum, Sharjah, 2017), "Crafts Becomes Modern!", (Bauhaus Dessau Fondation, Germany, 2017), "Lettres ouvertes" (Institut des Cultures d'Islam, France, 2017-18), "Marrakech Biennale" (Morocco, 2016). Solo exhibitions include, "IMPRESSION//IMPRESSION" (Morocco, 2017) and "Wasalnalilio/On en set arrive là" (Polaris Gallery, France, 2017).

The award received include Arab Fund for Art and Culture grant and One Percent contemporary art NYC, Little Syria project. She has taken part in artist-residencies at L'appartement 22, Rabat, Morocco, Edge Of Arabia ISCP residency, New-York (2015) among others.


Residency: January 15, 2018 - March 12, 2018
Supported by: The Agency of Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)
Event: RADIO RABATOKYO Live Streaming
Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 / 18:30 - 19:30 (17:30 Door open)
Venue: SodaCCO

Stained glass Installation, 2017 / Photo by Marc Domage

Stained glass Installation, 2017 / Photo by Marc Domage

Ourika Road, White Clay, 2016 / Photo by Marwen Farhat

Green Titaween, Silk embroidery, 2013 / Photo by Rebecca Fanuele

Wassalna Lilo, woven cotton, Tanger, 2016 / Photo by Sara Ouhaddou