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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


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


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


2016-4-25

Agnieszka Gratza

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Agnieszka Gratza
(Born in 1974, Kraków, Poland. Lives and works in the UK)
Agnieszka Gratza

Agnieszka Gratza is a writer and drifter. Her writings about art, performance and film have appeared in various contemporary art magazines and newspapers, including artforum.com, frieze, Mousse, and the Financial Times. A lapsed academic, she has also published articles on the subject of Renaissance intellectual and cultural history, while researching and teaching at the universities of Oxford, Edinburgh and Queen Mary, London.

Her more creative writing often stems from live art and performance: she has collected dreams and staged tableaux vivants of the Annunciation during a residency at the Gershwin Hotel in New York, made a series of edible artworks using saffron in collaboration with local chefs, and taken part in Tino Sehgal's These associations at Tate Modern in 2012. More recently, she has been chasing after volcanoes (from Santorini to São Miguel in the Azores) for a book of volcanic swims.

Blog: Conversation Pieces



Stay: April 11, 2016 - May 15, 2016
Co-organized by: The Backers Foundation



Agnieszka Gratza
"The Annunciation", New York, 2011, video shot by Shaky Jones


Agnieszka Gratza
"Revolution Soup" at Occupied Kitchen during Occupy Wall Street, New York, 2011, photo by Michelle Stewart


Agnieszka Gratza
"Le Galli", the ongoing Volcanic Swims project, photo by Agnieszka Gratza

2016-4- 4

Marianna Dobkowska

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Marianna Dobkowska (Born in Poland)
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Marianna Dobkowska curates projects, residencies and exhibitions, edits and designs publications and produces new works at the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. She studied art history at Warsaw University and curating at Jagiellonian University in Cracow. She was a curator and manager of the Polish-Norwegian production and research based project and exhibition, Rooted Design for Routed Living. Alternative design strategies and editor of the book under the same title as well as co-manager of Re-tooling Residencies, a project dedicated to investigate the current condition of the residency models and fostering development of new residency-based initiatives in Eastern Europe. Dobkowska's curatorial projects include a solo show of American artist Jesse Aron Green The Allies, a cycle of exhibitions of young Ukrainian artists Transfer and We Are Like Gardens - a permaculture garden established in the park surrounding CCA Ujazdowski Castle. During her research stay at AIT Marianna Dobkowska focuses on social practice Japanese art, grassroots initiatives and programs that have a wide community base.
facebook.com/air.laboratory.csw
www.csw.art.pl
www.re-tooling-residencies.org
www.design-in-residence.org





Stay: July 7, 2015 - August 4, 2015
Co-organized by: The Backers Foundation
TALL: AIT SLIDE TALK #32: "A-I-R and the City / Laboratory of relations"
Talk by Marianna Dobkowska from the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw

Date and Time: Wednesday, July 22nd, 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room, Daikanyama
*The talk will be held in English, with no Japanese translation.


Marianna Dobkowska
Bread and pizza baking oven project of Juliette Delventhal and Paweł Kruk at A-I-R Laboratory, summer 2011
Photo: Michał Grochowiak
Courtesy of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw



Marianna Dobkowska
"Eldorado Summer Resort (for passive and active laziness)", Martin Kaltwasser /
Folke Köbberling, wooden platforms, glasshouses and public program,park in front of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, summer 2009
Photo: Michał Grochowiak
Courtesy of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw



Marianna Dobkowska
Francis Thorburn "Vehicle # 11: Amphibian", moving sculpture and public event, summer 2012
Photo: Bartosz Górka
Courtesy of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw



Marianna Dobkowska
Edyta Jarząb performing at Plac Konstytucji in Warsaw, in the frames of workshop "Urban Sound Design Studio"
led by Caroline Claus, Warsaw, July 2015
Photo: Bartosz Górka
Courtesy of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw



2015-7-15

Rattana Vandy

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



Vandy Rattana (B. 1980, Phnom Penh) 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.)
Select solo exhibitions include "MONOLOGUE" (Jeu de Paume Paris and CAPC Bordeaux / 2015), "Surface"( SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh / 2013), "Bomb Ponds" (Asia Society, NYC / 2013, and Hessel Museum of Art, NY / 2010). His group exhibitions include dOCUMENTA(13)(Kassel / 2012), The 19th Noorderlicht International Photo Festival (The Netherlands / 2012), The 1st Kiev International Biennale (Kiev, Ukraine / 2012), Institutions for the Future, Asia Triennial Manchester II (England / 2011), The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art( Brisbane / 2009).
He was selected as one of the finalists for HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2015.
www.vandyrattana.com




Stay: May 13, 2015 - July 31, 2015
Co-organized by: The Backers Foundation
Group exhibition: "TIME OF OTHERS" (April 11, 2015 - June 28, 2015 at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo)
Artist Talk: "TIME OF OTHERS" Meeting the artist Vol.1 Rattana Vandy (15:00- May 30, 2015 at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Upcoming Exhibition:The BAR vol.8 (The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme) "Today of Yesterday" New works by Rattana Vandy and Kanitha Tith from Cambodia (Saturday, July 11 - Saturday, July 25, 2015 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI)
Opening reception: 18:00 - 20:00, Saturday, July 11, 2015 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI



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Bomb Ponds, 2011


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Still from "Bomb Ponds" 2011, Video


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Looking In My Office 7, 2006


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Surface, Portugal, 2011


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Surface, France, 2011


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Surface, France, 2011


2015-3-23

Kanitha Tith

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Kanitha Tith (Born in Cambodia)
Kanitha Tith
Photo by Rattana Vandy


Kanitha Tith was born in 1987 in Cambodia. She graduated from the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh with a BA in Interior Design. She has widely exhibited in major venues accross Cambodia, including the French Cultural Centre, the Bophana Centre, Meta House, Java Gallery and Hotel de la Paix. Recently, she took part in SurVivArt (2012) at Meinblau and Mikael Andersen galleries, Berlin. In parallel to her art practice, 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. In 2010 she was awarded a honourable mention at the inaugural You Khin Memorial Women's Art Prize.

Tith's work 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.



Stay: May 14, 2015 - Aug 7, 2015
Co-organized by: The Backers Foundation
Upcoming Exhibition:The BAR vol.8 (The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme) "Today of Yesterday" New works by Rattana Vandy and Kanitha Tith from Cambodia (Saturday, July 11 - Saturday, July 25, 2015 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI)
Opening reception: 18:00 - 20:00, Saturday, July 11, 2015 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI


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Season of Cambodia, Transparent Studio at Bose Pacia, NYC
photo courtesy: Pete Pin



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"Endlessly"(2011), Photo by Heng Ravuth


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"Untitled" (2011), Photo by Heng Ravuth


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Installation view of SurVivArt project "Hut's Tep So Da Chan" (Berlin)


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SurVivArt project (Phnom Penh)


2015-3-23

Christy Lange

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Christy Lange (Born in Los Angeles, USA)

Christy Lange


Christy Lange is an American writer living in Berlin, Germany. Lange is Associate Editor of frieze magazine and contributing editor of frieze d/e, as well as the co-curator of the Talks Program at Frieze Art Fair in New York in London.


http://friezelondon.com


Stay: June 12, 2014 - July 13, 2014
Co-organized by: The Backers Foundation
TALK: AIT SLIDE TALK #30 Thinking about Writing about Art: Christy Lange (Associate Editor of frieze magazine), Andrew Maerkle (ART iT) and Roger McDonald (AIT). (Thursday, July 3rd, 19:00-21:00 at AIT Room, Daikanyama)


2014-7- 2

Albert Samreth

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Albert Samreth (Born in 1987, USA)

Albert Samreth


Albert Samreth is a conceptual artist who after graduating from the famed California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) that served as a base for the Conceptual art movement in the 1970's, has spent the past three years traveling. Because of this constant travel, Samreth has developed a studio practice based around engaging with natural and systematic processes such as using the currents of the Pacific Ocean to create paintings or the engaging with the extreme Cambodian sunshine to transform materials over time. His larger projects, such as 'The Voice (2014)' in the Singapore Biennale or 'Divine Intervention (An Act of God) (2014),' in the forthcoming Moscow Biennale of Young Art, continues this line of thought. In Singapore, he sought out the voice actress Carolyn Hopkins to read poems in an audio installation. While her name may not be familiar, Hopkins' voice is one of the most listened to on Earth. Her voice is most notably used to announce the entire New York City subway system and nearly every airport on the planet. In Moscow, he is training an African Grey Parrot to announce news phrases as it sits atop an oil palm tree from its native Africa. This will be the first time the parrot has encountered such a tree having come from a long lineage of domestic parrots who arrived to Russia as pets many generations ago though it is its favorite kind of perch in 'the wild.' The parrot will live in the museum for the entirety of the exhibition.

For his two person exhibition in Tokyo at Yamamoto Gendai, Samreth plans to work with natural indigo dyes, Tokyo's summer rain, and rice.




Exhibitions (Selected)
・Singapore Biennale 2013, Group Exhibition (Singapore Art Museum, Singapore / 2013-2014)
・Poster Problem, Group Exhibition (Otras Obras, Tijuana, Mexico / 2013)
・The Joy of Fear, Group Exhibition (The Impermanent Collection, Los Angeles, California / 2013)
・...Know Know, Solo Exhibition (SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 2013)
・Bring Your Own Beamer, TRANSMISSION, Group Exhibition(MoCA, Los Angeles, California / 2012)
・Non-Profit, Self-Titled, Solo-Projects, Solo Exhibition (CalArts, Valencia, California / 2012)






Stay: May 16, 2014 - August 8, 2014
Co-organized by: The Backers Foundation
Exhibition: The BAR Vol.7 (Sat, July 12th - Sat, July 26th, 2014 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI)
Artists interview Download(PDF / 2.3MB)
Publication: Download(PDF / 1.9MB)


Albert Samreth
Shock and Awe (2013)
Fireworks organized ten years after the initial shock and awe campaign in Iraq on the night of 19 March, 2013.


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Albert Samreth
Pacific Ocean Water Colors (2014-)
A painting shown in progress holding natural pigment dyes on the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, California, 2013.


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Continuity Drift, 2012
Abstract grafiti made with colored smoke bombs at the site of Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty.


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A Millions Years Can't Be Wrong (Parentheticals), 2012

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Civilization (2013), croissant, ants

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Albert Samreth
Civilzation (2011), birdseed, pigeons

2014-5-27

Gor Soudan

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Gor Soudan (Born in 1983, Kenya Africa)

Gor Soudan
photo by Ben Davis (The Thousands Tokyo)

Gor Soudan (May 22nd 1983) is a young conceptual artist living and working in Kibera, Nairobi. His practice is informed by found objects and the materials that surround him: scraps of paper, carton, plastic and more recently 'protest wire', a tangled black mass of wire he salvaged from car tyres burnt during the political protests that accompanied the last elections in Kenya. In his studio, every day materials are transformed in acute observations on human nature and the rapid changes Africa, and Kenya in particular, is undergoing. Often subtly engaged with contemporary political and social issues, and deeply embedded in urban culture, Gor's artistic practice is an intense, obsessive process through which material is transformed into beautiful, haunting and thought provoking work.




Exhibitions (Selected)
・Cut off my tongue (Braeburn Theatre, Nairobi, Kenya / 2012)
・Angry birds - Gor Soudan solo exhibition (Kuona Trust, Nairobi, Kenya / 2012)
・Cover/ Recover (Belgium Ambassador Residence, Nairobi, Kenya / 2012)
・At a glance (Kenya Cultural Centre, Nairobi, Kenya / 2013)
・Eatings - Gor Soudan solo exhibition (Talisman, Nairobi, Kenya / 2013)
・The poetic line (The Goethe Institute, Nairobi, Kenya / 2013)
・Resurrection: The Fire Next Time (The Nairobi Museum, Nairobi, Kenya / 2013)
・Always searching for something; drawings in space (Freetown pop-up gallery, Freetown, Sierra Leone / 2014)



www.gorsoudan.daportfolio.com


Stay: May 12, 2014 - August 8, 2014
Co-organized by: The Backers Foundation
Exhibition: The BAR Vol.7 (Sat, July 12th - Sat, July 26th, 2014 at YAMAMOTO GENDAI)
Artists interview Download(PDF / 2.3MB)
Publication: Download(PDF / 1.9MB)


Gor Soudan

Gor Soudan
Drawing in space, media; bicycle cables( Free town, Sierra Leone project), 2014

Gor Soudan
Drawing in space, media: protest wire, (Kibera, Nairobi project), 2014
Gor Soudan
Drawing in space, media: protest wire, (Kibera, Nairobi project), 2014
Gor Soudan
Drawing in space, media: protest wire, (Kibera, Nairobi project), 2014
Gor Soudan
Drawing in space, media: protest wire, (Kibera, Nairobi project), 2014
Gor Soudan
Drawing in space, media: protest wire, (Kibera, Nairobi project), 2014

2014-5-22

Jimmy Ogonga

ジミー・オゴンガ/Jimmy Ogonga(Born in1977, Kenya)

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photo by: Megumi Matsubara




Jimmy Ogonga (b. 1977) is an itinerant Artist and Producer whose work interweaves between Artistic practice and Curatorial strategies. He is an alumnus of the Rijksakademie van Beldeende Kunsten, Amsterdam. His curatorial projects include The Mombasa Billboard Project (2002, Mombasa), Amnesia (2006-2009, Nairobi).

Jimmy has co-curated artistic projects including: "Space: Currencies in Contemporary African Art" with Thembinkosi Goniwe (2010, Johannesburg), "GEO-graphics" - with Koyo Kouoh & David Adjaye (2010, Belgium), Incubator for a pan-African roaming biennial as part of Manifesta 8 - with Gabi Ngcobo, Center for Historical Reenactments (CHR), Johannesburg; Khadija El Bennaoui, Art Moves Africa (AMA); Mia Jankowicz, of Contemporary Image Collective (CIC).

In 2001, he founded Nairobi Arts Trust/Centre of Contemporary Art, Nairobi (CCAEA), an organization that works as a catalyst for the visual arts and the creation of significant art projects.
Jimmy's articles and texts have been published on several occasions in exhibition publications and art catalogues.




Stay: Julu 8, 2013 - August 5, 2013
Co-organized by: The Backers Foundation


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Left(Top): Performance by Yazmany Arboleda - Monday Morning in Nairobi(2011)
Left(Bottom):Performance by Ingrid Mwangi
Right: The Nairobi Arts Trust / Centre for Contemporary Art of East Africa (CCAEA)

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