I Say Yesterday, You Hear Tomorrow. Visions from Japan
GALLERIE DELLE PRIGIONI, Treviso, IT
JUL 11 - NOV 4 2018
The Gallerie delle Prigioni are pleased to announce their second exhibition I Say Yesterday, You Hear Tomorrow. Visions from Japan, part of the research and interpretation of the numerous narratives contained within the Imago Mundi project.
This new stage in the journey shows the Imago Mundi collection from Japan and, for the first time, the Hiroshima/Nagasaki and Ainu collections, exploring and revisiting the past in order to imagine the future. Beginning at the onset of the atomic age, it reaches the present day and goes beyond, revealing the many ways in which Japanese contemporary art interprets the dialogue between nature, technology, tradition and time. Frenetic metropolitan Japan; the chromatic exuberance of urban pop culture; technology, contemporary ferments; and at the same time, the formal, meditated and unhurried elegance of the tea ceremony; the graphic signs and strokes of calligraphy, fruit of commitment and dedication; the instant and timeless poignancy of the haiku. In almost seventy years, Japan has been reborn economically and has rebuilt an entire society from the ashes of the destruction left by the war. I Say Yesterday, You Hear Tomorrow reveals how this cycle of action, re-elaboration and innovation is reflected in the ingrained respect the Japanese have for nature. Elements typical of Japanese tradition accompany the visitor through the Gallerie, revealing subtle links between life, rituality and temporality. Alongside the Imago Mundi collections, the installations of guest artists also respond to historical facts as well as personal experiences and reflect the wider changes in society or in the definition of identity. Significant in this regard is the presence in the exhibition of the Ainu collection, the ancient people who live on the island of Hokkaido in the North of Japan. From installations to painting, from video to sculpture and performance, the different techniques used lead us to reflect on collective traumas, ask questions about important issues for this country and for the environment, they experiment with new media, evoke nature and celebrate the here and now. Guest artists: Nobumichi Asai, Don't Follow the Wind, Taro Furukata, Shigetoshi Furutani, Jacob Hashimoto, Yutaka Inagawa, Hiroyuki Masuyama, Keita Miyazaki, Adoka Niitsu, Kenichi Ogawa, Junya Oikawa, Shu Takahashi, Masahiro Usami. Curated by Suzanna Petot