Thinking with Artists

Exhibition Room 1: Guest Artists

Thinking with Artists

What are the artists' perspectives on "Migration, Immigration and Multicultural Society" in contemporary Japan, and how do they create their works of art? Shigeaki Iwai, the director of Immigration Museum Tokyo, will be interviewing three guest artists—Akira Takayama, Ai Iwane, and JongOk Ri—in order to get to the root of their approaches to this question through the medium of contemporary art.

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As a third-generation Zainichi Korean—a term for ethnic Korean citizens or residents of Japan—Ri uses a cross-sectional view of the nation and ethnicity as a foothold for her work. Borrowing compositional and symbolic motifs from classical paintings, Ri attempts to approach the context and structure of the majority.

  • 李 晶玉

    〈Eden〉, Digital Print on Panel, 2016, 120×175cm

  • 李 晶玉

    〈Given〉, Paper, Ink, Acrylic on the Panel ,Digital Print on Panel, 2017, 123×243cm

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    〈Olympia 2020〉, Digital Print on Panel, 2019, 220×120×4cm

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Born in Tokyo, in 1975. She relocated to the United States and enrolled in Petrolia High School in 1991. In 1996, she began her career as a photographer. Since 2006, Iwane has focused on the culture of the Japanese community in Hawaii, and until now, she has continuously examined the relevance between Hawaii and Fukushima from the aspect of immigration through extensive research and fieldwork. Iwane published her first book KIPUKA (Seigensha Art Publishing, 2018). She was awarded The 44th Kimura Ihei Photography Award and The 44th Ina Nobuo Award. Iwane was an associate producer of the documentary film Bon-uta (directed by Yuji Nakae, 2018 Telecom Staff).Her latest work, A New River, which photographed the cherry blossoms of the Tohoku region in the spring of 2020, was exhibited in “Twilight Daylight: Contemporary Japanese Photography vol.17” at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; a collection of her work, A New River (bookshop M), was published at the same time.Publications include Kipuka e-no tabi (Journey Towards KIPUKA) (Ota Publishing, 2019) and Hawaii shima-no bondance (Bon Dance in the Big Island) (Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers, Inc.,2016).

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    〈KIPUKA〉 Ookala Hawaii, Pigment Print, 2006 1030 x 1283mm

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    〈KIPUKA〉 Shosuke Nihei, Kailua Camp Pigment Print, 2016 1118 x 1647 mm

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    〈KIPUKA〉Paia Mantokuji Soto Mission, Hawaii Pigment Print, 2015 550 x 4495mm

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Photo:Yasuyuki Emori

Born in 1969. In 2002, he formed the theater company Port B, and since then has been producing installations, touring performances and social experiments utilizing urban spaces as a way of engaging with cities and societies across the world. In recent years, collaboration with those from other fields including visual art, tourism, literature, architecture, and urban researches has been the scope of his practice broadening further, and he has applied his theatrical philosophy and methodology to opening up new possibilities in a variety of fields.

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    NEW TOKYO SCHOOL EXCURSION PROJECT: KURD VERSION
    Photo:Takeshi Yamagishi