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Hans Andersson

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Hans Andersson
(b.1979 in Kalmar, lives and works in Stockholm)

Hans Andersson


 Hans Andersson works with abstract images and sculptural objects from found materials. His work is a continuous questioning of the materials, their heritage and their internal and external qualities and tension. His process is intuitive and nonlinear. The philosopher Simone Weil states that a subject acts through its non-actions. The subject acts, but it is no longer the will that is the foundation for its actions, it is, on the contrary, a sort of obedience. Art, and philosophy as a concept, should according to Weil be received in awaiting and treated with contemplation. Hans Andersson spend a great deal of time with his work. The procedure is both gentle and spontaneous.

 Neither his exhibitions nor artworks are given titles. This is a clue on how to perceive his practice. It shows a movement towards a non-language as an emancipation from identification with the self-narrative. To be able to see the familiar in the unfamiliar or to discover something new in what is already known.

 Andersson graduated from Konstfack - University College of Arts, Craft and Design in 2005. He has received several awards and grants such as Helge Ax: son Johnson Foundation and the Arts Grants Committee working grant. He has exhibited extensively in solo and group show such as "Swedish Art Now" (Sven Harrys Konstmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden, 2016), "Untitled" (Solo exhibition, Gallery Forsblom Helsinki, Finland, 2017) and Noco "If you don't like art.." (Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway, 2017). His works are represented in several collections such as the Malmö Art Museum, Malmö and the Nordic Contemporary Art Colloection.

Website: Hans Andersson




Stay: September 5 - November 30, 2017
Co-organized by IASPIS
Talk Event: AIT ARTIST TALK #72
"History flows from all the presents"
Artist Talk by Hans Andersson from Sweden
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time: 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room


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Untitled (mixed media on found paper, 34 x 26cm, 2017)

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Detail from untitled drawing (pen, whiteout and cut on found paper, 2017)

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Installation view (Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, 2015)

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Installation view (Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, 2015)

2017-9- 4

Sarah Abu Abdallah

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Sarah Abu Abdallah
(b.1990, lives and works in Qatif, Saudi Arabia)

Sarah Abu Abdallah

Abu Abdallah lives and works in Qatif, Saudi Arabia and studied art in both Rhode Island school of design for her masters in digital media, and in the college of art and design in University of Sharjah. She is an artist and a puzzle-maker who works across a variety of media include video, installation, poetry and images.

Her recent exhibitions include "Fluidity" (Kunstverein, Hamburg, 2016), "Co-Workers" (Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France, 2015-16), "To Gaze at Ten Suns Shining" - project with Josh Bitelli (POOL, Hamburg, 2015), "Prospectif Cinéma / Filter Bubble" (Centre Pompidou and Luma Foundation, France, 2015), "Private Settings" (Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, 2014-15), "Arab Contemporary" (Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, 2014), Serpentine Galleries 89plus Marathon (London, 2013), Sharjah Biennial 11 (2013), Rhizoma and 55th Venice Biennale (2013) amongst others.

She is the recipient of Sharjah art Foundation's production programme grant in 2016, in collaboration with Jozs Bitelli for their project "To Gaze at Ten Suns Shining" and is also a shortlisted artist for Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017.



Stay: May 14, 2017 - Aug 6, 2017
Co-organized by The Backers Foundation
Exhibition:The BAR Vol.10 (The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme)
"Shaping Voices, Silent Skies"

New works by Miti Ruangkritya (Thailand) and Sarah Abu Abdallah (Saudi Arabia)
Saturday, July 1 - Monday/National holiday, July 17, 2017
8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery
Opening reception: 18:00 - 20:00, Friday, June 30
Artist Talk: 14:00 - 16:00, Saturday, July 8 at 8/ COURT (Shibuya Hikarie 8F)


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Still from the study for new video work, 2017


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Still from the study for new video work, 2017


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Salad Zone 2013, HD Video 21:27, courtesy of the artist


2017-5-11

Miti Ruangkritya

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Miti Ruangkritya
(b.1981, lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand)

Miti Ruangkritya
Photo: Andras Bartok

Ruangkritya is a Thai based image maker. His work focuses on an issue or a topic surrounding his life. In particular, the city often surfaces as a dominant subject - from its environments and people and to its transformation and growth.

The series of his work entitled, Imagining Flood (2011) examines ideas surrounding fear, imagination and anticipation amongst city dwellers - tensions which were palpable when Bangkok was struck by severe flooding. The project explores and represents these themes through disquieting, otherworldly night-time landscapes. Thai Politics (2006-ongoing) explores the different political attitudes in Bangkok - the project also examines photography within an image rich world. Punctuating each addition to the series is not only a different dimension to people's political views and behaviors, but also a different approach to how they are captured and presented. This approach ranges from curating images found across social media (Thai Politics no.2 and 4) to the more traditional approach of digital and film photography (Thai politics no.1, 3 and 5). His most recent series of works, Dream Property (2014-ongoing) examines the nature of property development and its relationship with human ideals and aspirations. The series includes the images of land undergoing commercial development as well as images of newly built condos entering Bangkok's real estate market; whilst Excerpts from Bangkok Real Estate Advertising explores the use of texts within this context by focusing on the exuberant slogans that habitually accompany real estate advertising.

Ruangkritya has involved in many exhibitions in and out of the country and the previous exhibitions include "LANDSCAPE: Hotel Asia Project" (Traveled from Gallery Soap, Fukuoka to China, Thailand and Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan, 2016-2017), "Omnivoyeur" - a visual and sound project with Christina Kubisch (Bangkok Art and Cultural Center, Thailand, 2016), "Dream Property" (Bangkok CityCity Gallery, Thailand, 2016), "The Archive as Conversation" (Singapore Photography Festival, Singapore, 2016) and "Urban and Reflections: Contemporary Thai Photography" (Otterbein University, Ohio, USA, 2016).
He has been nominated for the international awards such as Magenta Foundation for Emerging Photographers (UK) in 2011, Prix Pictet (Geneva) in 2015-16. Most recently in 2016, he was selected as one of the finalists of the Sovereign Asian Art Prize (Hong Kong).

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Stay: May 10, 2017 - Aug 6, 2017
Co-organized by The Backers Foundation
Exhibition:The BAR Vol.10 (The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme)
"Shaping Voices, Silent Skies"

New works by Miti Ruangkritya (Thailand) and Sarah Abu Abdallah (Saudi Arabia)
Saturday, July 1 - Monday/National holiday, July 17, 2017
8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery
Opening reception: 18:00 - 20:00, Friday, June 30
Artist Talk: 14:00 - 16:00, Saturday, July 8 at 8/ COURT (Shibuya Hikarie 8F)


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"Imagining Flood", Giclée print on archival paper, 2011


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"Dream Property", Installation view, Bangkok CityCity Gallery, 2016


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"Excerpt taken from Bangkok Real Estate Advertising", Book, 2016


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"Omnivoyeur", Installation view, Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, 2016


2017-5-11

Jackson Sprague

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Jackson Sprague
(Born in 1982, Devon, UK. Lives and works in London)




Sprague's sculptures develop from the everyday eventfulness of home life and its routines, including travel to and from his studio, picking up discarded cardboard and other materials from streets on his way. The intimate drama of living with objects is transposed to the gallery where his sculptures often demand the attentions of gallery staff, to water and replace flowers in his vases, or pull the viewer into a physical and emotional proximity with the specific use of scale and text, as well as inferred bodily or autobiographical symbolism. Sprague's work plays-up tensions between aesthetic and functional, sculptural and pictorial, lasting and ephemeral: a room divider performs as a painting, a painting on the wall is also a plaster cast sculpture, painted cardboard appears to be ceramic. These ambiguities are characteristic of relationships, physical and psychical, Sprague's work tenderly exposes.

He gained an MA from Royal College of Art and BA from Goldsmiths College. Recent exhibitions include: Breese Little, London, UK; Maisterravalbuena, Madrid, SP; Emalin, Stirling, Scotland, UK; The Unturned archive, online; Frutta, Rome, IT; CASS Sculpture Foundation, Chichester, UK; Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK; Edel Assanti, London, UK; Limoncello Gallery, London, UK; Cole Contemporary, London, UK (solo); Millington Marriott, London, UK; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK; Liverpool Biennale, Liverpool, UK; Hobbs Mclaughlin, London, UK; Horton Gallery, Berlin, DE; Plaza Plaza, London. Past residencies include Cite des Arts, Paris, France.

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Residency: February 1, 2017 - March 15, 2017
Supported by: The Agency of Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)


The Artists Wife, 2015
Plywood, gouache, 260 x 240 x 3 cm
Courtesy of Frutta




Hard not to be clumsy when analysing my impulses, my mind asks: is this right? and then it answers yes or no, 2015
Glazed ceramic, sunflowers maintained by gallery staff, 70 × 30 × 30 cm
Courtesy of Frutta




Lips, 2017
Cardboard, resin, steel, wood, acrylic, 200 x 40 x 18 cm
Courtesy of Breese Little



2017-2- 3

Eva Masterman

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Eva Masterman
(Born in 1986, Wales, UK)




Investigation into material and process led practices through cross-disciplinary workshops, seminars and writing, predicates Materman's art-work. This dual approach of direct research into the boundaries and preconceptions of the visual arts, coupled with her own artistic practice, allows Masterman to create a critical discourse that surrounds her own sculptural territory; one that sits firmly in the middle of the 'expanded field' of inter-disciplinary, material-specific making and fine art sculpture.

Evoking the ruin, the architectural, the body, there is an attempt to contain and control the transition of material and mental states, creating tension through displacement of the familiar. The ubiquitous nature of clay accompanied by recognizable forms and supporting structures, is used to enhance to the visual interchange and sense of potential flux and instability. The resulting installations become a testament to the colluding nature of process and environment. Using clay as a set of rules and parameters in which to explore, the work endeavours to marry the conceptual with the physical, revealing the bodily realities of working in the studio and what it means, or how we make art.

Masterman graduated from Kingston University in 2008 with a First Class Honours BA in Fine Art, and recently completed her MA in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art. She has exhibited widely across the U.K. and abroad, including two solo-shows at the William Bennington Gallery. She was the recipient of the 2016 Anthology Art Prize at the Charlie Smith Gallery, and the 2016 Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary. She also works in a social outreach art collective, Collective Matter, which has been selected for the 2016 Tate Exchange Program.

As well as her art practice, Masterman also writes for the online journal cfileonline.org, and teaches at the Camden Arts Centre. On completion of residency at AIT, she will begin a new cross-disciplinary ceramics role as Lecturer at Westminster University, London.

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Residency: January 23, 2017 - March 6, 2017
Supported by: The Agency of Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)


Crackpot (2016), Installation
Ceramic, inner tube, kiln props, found table, plaster
Dimensions Variable




Used (2016)
Ceramic, Steel, Kiln Props, trolley
150cm x 65cm x 45cm




Used Jugs (2016)
Ceramic
30cm x 20cm, 25cm x 15cm



2017-1-26

Rory Pilgrim

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Rory Pilgrim
(Born in 1988, Bristol, UK)



The work of British artist Rory Pilgrim is based on emancipatory concerns, in which personal and political questions are brought together to explore questions of time and connections between activism, spirituality, music and community. Strongly influenced by the origins of activist, feminist and socially engaged art, Pilgrim works in a wide range of media including live performance, film, text, workshops and musical composition. Pilgrim in particular composes music as a way to bring people together and explore how we use it to challenge, celebrate and voice ourselves.

Pilgrim obtained a BA from Chelsea College of Art, London and was a participant of the De Ateliers residency programme between 2008-2010 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Recents solo shows include Flat Time House, London, UK (2016), Site Gallery, Sheffield UK (2016), Andriesse-Eyck Gallery, Amsterdam NL (2015) and sic! Raum für Kunst, Luzern CH (2014). Groups shows, performances and screenings include South London Gallery, UK (2016), Guangzhou Triennial, CN (2015), Land Art Live, Almere NL (2015), MING Studios, Boise USA (2015), Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht NL (2014), Rowing Projects, London UK (2013), Kunst Werke, Berlin DE (2013) and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2012) .

For Pilgrim's time with AIT he will build upon a new body of work entitled 'ERASURE' that focuses on the body as a site of action in at a time of impending ecological collapse and the fusion between human, non human species and machine in an era of hypermodernity. Pilgrim hopes to make research, conversation and dialogue that explores Japanese artistic movements relating to Feminist, Activist and Socially engaged practice to develop a series of choreographic methodologies and music questioning how environmentalism provides a basis for social and political emancipation.

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Residency: January 11, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Co-organized by Mondriaan Fonds
Event: AIT ARTIST TALK #70 "FUTURE BODY TALK" Artist Talk by Dutch artist Rory Pilgrim
Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room


Seeds Upon The Dance Floor (2014), Exhibition and Performance, sic! Raum für Kunst, Luzern, Switzerland



Words are not signs they are years (2015), Exhibition and Performance, Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK



Sacred Repository N.3: THE OPEN SKY (2016), Still from HD Film


2017-1-16

Jenny Yurshansky

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Jenny Yurshansky
(Born in Rome, Italy. Lives and works in California, USA and Stockholm, Sweden)

Jenny Yurshansky


 Jenny Yurshansky's practice uses a conceptual and research-based approach to define the material and critical parameters of each project; she explores the empiric and its tension with the poetic. Using these guidelines she digs deeply into the holes that exist in the systems we have created to categorize the world such as time, memory, history and language. These boxes are unpacked and run through the parallel filters of scientific inquiry and personal experience, often by making use of absence so that room is made, to determine that which is known, by first establishing what is not known. At the core she investigates paradoxical mechanisms, functions, and assertions, often by creating a dialectical construct that is expressed in the relationship between materials and subject. Yurshansky takes care to widen the gaps of visual description so that the viewer has room to project their own meaning onto each piece, in order to ensure that the works do not enforce their own tautology. The work provides a wider space for meaning to be dismantled and re‐imagined continually. The use of subtlety in the work's presentation, forces a slower experience of viewing, thereby creating time for dialogue with the larger issues that each piece deals with.

 Born in Rome via Moldova, Jenny Yurshansky received her MFA in Visual Art from UC Irvine and participated in the post‐graduate Critical Studies course at the Malmö Art Academy. This spring she was invited by Yiddishkayt as a guest artist in Moldova, where she began research on her family history. Yurshansky's forthcoming artist book will be published by Pitzer College Art Galleries in conjunction with her 2015 solo exhibition and residency, Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory. Her work will be seen this fall at the Los Angeles Arboretum as part of the show Digital Nature and this spring was seen at the Los Angeles gallery Visitor Welcome Center. A co-founder of the art space, Persbo Studio in Sweden, Yurshansky is the recipient of numerous grants and awards from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Asylum Arts, the Swedish Arts Grant Committee and the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, where she was a Guest Artist Researcher and had a solo exhibition in 2015. She was the first international artist awarded the Maria Bonnier Stipend from Bonniers Konsthall. Yurshansky's work has been exhibited internationally in group shows at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, MAK Center, LAXART, the 7th Istanbul Biennial, the Hammer Museum, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art in Malmö, and the Toyota Museum in Japan.

Website: Jenny Yurshansky





Stay: September 6, 2016 - December 5, 2016
Co-organized by: IASPIS
Event: ARCUS + AIT Artist mini-talk (Sunday, November 27, 2016, ARCUS Studio)


Jenny Yurshansky
Succession, 2016,
Premium black granite, laser etched surface


Jenny Yurshansky
Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory (Asylum), 2015,
Slide projector, 35mm slide, custom Da-Lite rear projection aluminum framed projection screen


Jenny Yurshansky
Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory (Herbarium), 2015,
Steel herbarium cabinets, MDF, wood, hardboard, brass, assorted paper, 133 hand-cut silhouettes


Jenny Yurshansky
Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory (Collection), 2015,
MDF, cast glass, flameworked glass, tempered glass, silkscreen print


2016-9- 6

Tharmakrishnar Krishnapriya

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Tharmakrishnar Krishnapriya
(Born in 1987, lives and works in Jaffna, Sri Lanka)
Thermakrishnar Krishnapriya

Krishnapriya's practice traces the losses of those she has missed in her past, and also act as reminders for forgotten memories and a sense of self. She works mainly with drawing, painting, collage and drawing using nails pressed on paper and board without any distinctive colour. Many dots and lines outline her individuality and identify particular times of her life such as childhood, emphasising an inner-heart empathy.

Tharmakrishnar Krishnapriya obtained her BA in Art and Design at Jaffna University in 2012. Recent exhibitions include, "Seven Conversation" (Saskia Frenandi Gallery, Colombo, 2015) and Contemporary Artist Meeting Point (Colombo, 2015) along with group exhibitions at Jaffna University. In 2013, she was involved in the exhibition "Artefacts from Jaffna", conducted by Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong and Raking Leaves which is a local non-profit independent publisher. Most recently, she has organized letter press workshops with inherited methods and tools from her father.

"Dots make Lines, Lines make Diagrams, Lines also show the direction of my life, my past, my dreams, my selection, my losses and gains" - Thermakrishnar Krishnapriya



Stay: May 9, 2016 - Jul 28, 2016
Co-organized by: The Backers Foundation


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"Truth to Truth", Ink on canvas, 2016


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"Impression 2-1", Nail drawing on tracing paper, 2015


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"Impression I", Embossed Paper, 2015


2016-5- 9

Chaw Ei Thien

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Chaw Ei Thien
(Born in 1969, Myanmar. Lives and works in New York, USA)
Chaw Ei Thein

Chaw Ei graduated with LL.B (Law) in 1994. Her artistic recognition started at an early age through the numerous international art awards that she has received. With her father, Artist Maung Maung Thein (Pathein), as her art teacher and a mentor, Chaw Ei's artistic practice has developed diversely and highly regarded as a painter and a performance artist. Her international career is highly profiled as she candidly portrays the contradictions and conflicts of her socio-political environment. Her artworks are primarily the interpretation of her personal experiences over how she has struggled with lack of freedom of speech and the impact of social transformation.

Over the years she has lectured and exhibited extensively, participating in numerous international performance art festivals. She exhibited "September Sweetness" , in collaboration with Richard Streitmatter-Tran, at Singapore Biennale 2008 and gave talk "The Burmese Performance Art Scene: Faced by Burmese Artists" at the Asia House Gallery, London, in 2007. She has been selected for several awards and residencies in the United States, including Asian Cultural Council fellowship in New York from 2009 to 2010 and Art Omi, the Gardarev Center Fellow, and the Sea Change Residency, GAEA Foundation. Her work has been widely covered in the international arts press including Sculpture Now (2013), Asia Art Now (2012), Artforum, Art Asia Pacific, Yishu, C-Arts, and The New York Times, Washington Post and The Straits Times.
www.chaweithein.blogspot.com



Stay: May 9, 2016 - Jul 28, 2016
Co-organized by: The Backers Foundation
Upcoming Exhibition:The BAR vol.9 (The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme) New works by Thermakrishnar Krishnapriya and Chaw Ei Thein (Saturday, July 9 - Saturday, July 23, 2016 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI)
Opening reception: 18:00 - 20:00, Saturday, July 9, 2016 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI


Chaw Ei Thein
We are in Burma, Performance by Chaw Ei Thein, 2004, Kyoto, Japan


Chaw Ei Thein
What a wonderful world #4, Paint on camouflage fabric, 2015


Chaw Ei Thein
September Sweetness, Installation by Chaw Ei Thein & Richard Streitmatter-Tran, Sugar 5.5 tons, 12x7x7 feet, 2008, Singapore


2016-4-25

Rosa Doornenbal

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Rosa Doornenbal
(Born in 1988, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Rosa Doornenbal

The artistic practice of Rosa Doornenbal shows an interest in formal, cultural and social aspects that influence the appreciation of objects in everyday life. The parallel of this in the art world - the viewer's experience of sculpture - is central in her work. She works in a variety of media creating detailed circumstances that reveal the interrelationship between viewer, object, equipment, tool and sculpture. With a critical and playful attitude she often treats the exhibition space, with its already formulated codes of behavior, as part of her work. In her most recent works the process of creation becomes a subject as she explores issues of craftsmanship and what artisthood could mean today.

Rosa Doornenbal obtained her BA of Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 2013. She also has a background in Cultural Studies of which she obtained her BA at the University of Amsterdam in 2012. Recent shows she participated in are 'Wilful Blindness' at W139 in Amsterdam and 'Aspen Kemmern' at Kim? Contemporary Art Centre (Riga, Latvia). She also co-organized the group show 'And then it just happened' at Inter Arts Centre in Malmö (Malmö, Sweden) in 2014.

Website
Blog "wabi-bijin"
The blog 'wabi-bijin', designed by Mislav Žugaj, represents the two sided interest that Rosa Doornenbal will elaborate on during her residency period. One part of the blog displays her research on the Japanese Tea Ceremony and the way this is shaped by Buddhist notions of esthetics, philosphy and spirituality. Another part of the blog can be seen as a reaction on contemporary conceptions of beauty that are represented in popculture and anime esthetics. The content as well as the design will be changing and shifting constantly to explore these notions from a digital perspective.





Stay: January 13 - April 11, 2016
Founder: Mondriaan Fonds
Exhibition: "Non-self" The exhibition by Rosa Doornenbal
Date: March 26 (Sat) - 31 (Thu) 12:00 - 19:00 Venue: Higure 17-15 cas (Tokyo)
Opening Reception: March 26 (Sat), 18:00 - 20:00 *19:00 - Performance Lecture by the artist

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The workshop (2015)


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The workshop (2015)


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Still from the video "Hunnybunlookingforsculpture" (2014)


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Still from the video "Hunnybunlookingforsculpture" (2014)

2016-2- 1