“What a Place Tells Us” Exhibition by Tomoko Yoneda and Yoshihiro Suda (The 13th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh 2008 Traveling Exhibition)

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In commemoration of Mekong-Japan Exchange Year 2009, the Japan Foundation hosts the exhibition of works by Tomoko Yoneda and Yoshihiro Suda that were exhibited at “The 13th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh 2008 (alias: Bangladesh Biennale)” (October 22 to November 20, 2008) to introduce them to Bangkok, Thailand.

Photographs by Tomoko Yoneda highlight memory in the places, and sculptures by Yoshihiro Suda are displayed in carefully thought-out places. Both artists show works in which the place speaks to us. The places shown in Yoneda's photographs and the exhibition space revealed in Suda's work will give viewers a more meaningful dialogue with their works by becoming aware of place.

In this exhibition in Thailand, works created for the Bangladesh Biennale will be presented as new installations, because the gallery in Bangkok is a whole new place for the works. Both Yoneda and Suda will be introduced to Thailand for the first time.

On the opening day of this exhibition, Yuka Uematsu (the commissioner of Japan at the Bangladesh Biennale) will give a lecture on the relationship between the concept “What a Place Tells Us” and the works, as well as the trend of the modern art in Japan today. There will also be a small talk show by Uematsu and Yoneda.

Photo from Rivers Become Ocean Series taken by Tomoko Yoneda
From “Rivers Become Ocean”
Series by Tomoko Yoneda
Dear, Sundarban, 2008, C-Type Print
© Tomoko Yoneda
(Note) This is one of exhibits in
The 13th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh 2008

Photo titled Hibiscus, 2008 taken by Yoshihiro Suda
Yoshihiro Suda
Hibiscus, 2008, Painted on Wood
© Tomoko Yoneda
(Note) This is one of exhibits in
The 13th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh 2008

Overview of the exhibition

Dates Tuesday, March 3 to Sunday, March 29, 2009
  • Curator and Artist's Talk on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 17:30
  • Opening Reception on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 19:00
Venue 100 Tonson Gallery
100 Soi Tonson, Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
TEL +66-2-684-1527
Organizers The Japan Foundation / 100 Tonson Gallery
Curator Yuka Uematsu (Curator, the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan)
Artists Tomoko Yoneda / Yoshihiro Suda

The Japan Foundation, Bangkok website for this exhibition (English / Thai)

Reference Information

The 13th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh 2008
Exhibition Concept “What a Place Tells Us” by Yuka Uematsu


Tomoko Yoneda (Born 1965, Lives and works in London)
Tomoko Yoneda is a photographer who deals with the themes of history and memory. Graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with BFA in Photography and from Royal College of Art with MA in Photography, she started to produce her photographs early 1990s. Yoneda is highly appreciated by her participation in the following exhibitions: The Vision of Contemporary Art, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo in 1999; Kiss In the Dark - Contemporary Japanese Photography, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo; Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Marugame, Kagawa, in 2001; YOKOHAMA 2005: International Triennale of Contemporary Art; 52nd International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2007; The 10th International Istanbul Biennial, 2007. Her solo exhibitions are also well received. In her representative work, “Between Visible and Invisible” series, she photographed texts and books of historical figures such as Freud and Junichiro Tanizaki through their own eye-glasses. In “Scene” series, the photographs she took were seemingly banal landscapes. Actually, these were the sites of bitter legacy of the past, such as former battlefields. Through the photographs, Yoneda has been attempting to evoke the memory of the past which seems to be faded with time. Last year, solo exhibition of her works “Tomoko Yoneda - An End Is A Beginning” was held at Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (from September 12 to November 30, 2008).

Yoshihiro Suda (Born 1969, Lives and works in Tokyo)
Yoshihiro Suda is an artist who creates hyper-realistic flowers and weeds from wood. Graduated from Tama Art University with BA Graphic Design, Suda entered the limelight in 1993 with “Ginza Weed Theory,” in which he displayed a movable trailer with his works in a metered space on the streets of Ginza. Since then, he participated in exhibitions at the museums at home and abroad, as well as in the international art exhibitions. In 2006, solo exhibition “Yoshihiro Suda” (Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Kagawa) and group exhibition “Three Individuals” (the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Osaka) were held.
By painstakingly carving and painting wood, Suda creates hyper-realistic common weeds and flowers, such as roses and camellias. What makes unique Suda's works is not only the realness of wood-carvings but also his thoughtfulness in the exhibition spaces. His flowers are often displayed in rather surprising of places after careful thought, and in some cases the viewer must search to find the work. By exhibiting authentic reproduction of flowers and weeds that are produced in pursuit of the ultimate technique of wood carving, Suda transforms the exhibition space as a whole into the artwork and gives the viewers an added awareness of the space that is otherwise unconsidered. Last year, Suda participated a group exhibition “Memoria - Casting a gaze” at the Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto from July 19 to October 19, 2008.


Yuka Uematsu (Curator at The National Museum of Art, Osaka)
After working at Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art / The MIMOCA Foundation for the Promotion of Fine Arts, Uematsu assumed the current position in October, 2008. Major exhibitions she curated were: “Pipilotti Rist: YuYu” (2008), “Exhibition of Eija-Liisa Ahtila” (2008), “Marlene Dumas: Broken White” (2007; co-organized with Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo), “Exhibition of Yoshihiro Suda” (2006), “Miwa Yanagi: Darkness of Girlhood and Brightness of Aging” (2004), “Marina Abramovic - The Star” (2004; co-organized with Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto), “The Exhibition of Yayoi Kusama: beyond the Labyrinth” (2003), “Exhibition of Jan Fabre” (2001), “Isamu Noguchi & Issey Miyake ARIZONA” (1997), and so on. Uematsu was appointed as the commissioner of the 13th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh 2008, introduced two artists Tomoko Yoneda and Yoshihiro Suda under the theme of “What a Place Tells Us.”

Photo titled Tanizaki's Glasses - Viewing a letter to Matsukotaken by Tomoko Yoneda
Tomoko Yoneda
“Tanizaki's Glasses - Viewing a letter to Matsuko”
(From “Between Visible and Invisible” Series)
1999 / Gelatin Silver Print / ed.5
courtesy SHUGOARTS ©Tomoko Yoneda

Photo titled leaf taken by Yoshihiro Suda
Yoshihiro Suda
2007 / painted on wood
courtesy Gallery Koyanagi ©Yoshihiro Suda

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