Presentation & Talk on Exhibition "Journey to the West" and Curatorial Round Table Held on February 24

Photo of Performance by Aki Sasamoto
Performance by Aki Sasamoto

The Japan Foundation organizes the presentation and talk on the contemporary art exhibition “Omnilogue: Journey to the West” now held in India and the curatorial round table on the basis of achievements acquired from the two co-curated “Omnilogue” exhibitions in Australia and India.

The contemporary Japanese art exhibition “Omnilogue: Journey to the West” taking place in Lalit Kala Akademi in India from January 22 to February 19 is a part of co-curated exhibition series titled “Omnilogue” held in Perth (Australia), New Delhi (India) and Singapore spanning from 2011 to 2012. “Omnilogue: Journey to the West” is now being held as the second exhibition of this exhibition series by East Asian curators and artists who had stayed in Japan in summer 2010 through “JENESYS Programme” in collaboration with Japanese curators. The exhibition showcases the works of six Japanese artists selected by Indian, Thai and Japanese curators through deliberated discussion on the specified theme.

The curator and participating artists explored to pioneer new possibilities of the exotic land of India and its context through on-site research, work production, exhibitions and events held during the exhibition term. Most of the new works have been produced based on on-site research in collaboration with the local people. The year 2012 also marks the 60th Anniversary of Japan-India Diplomatic relations. In keeping with the spirit of nurturing empathetic cross-national ties, the Omnilogue Exhibition “Journey to the West” explores the politics of culture, nationalism, friendship, otherness and the Asian imagination within the narratives of travel and dialogue occurring across different periods and locations.

The first part of this presentation and talk will introduce the full picture of the exhibition “Journey to the West” in the concrete by utilizing videos and report by curators while in the second part, curators for the two Omnilogue exhibitions in Australia and India will clarify the achievements and challenges revealed through respective exhibitions and discuss co-curation and artistic exchange. In addition, curators for the upcoming Omnilogue exhibition in Singapore and young Asian curators currently invited through JENESYS Programme will also join the session and explore the meaning of their role in the Asian region through practice. We are sincerely expecting the participation of those who are interested in ever-changing Asian contemporary art scene and curators’ practice and so on.

Date February 24 (Fri.), 2012 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Venue The Japan Foundation, JFIC Hall [Sakura] Access
4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Participants Part 1: 4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
The Presentation and Talk on "Omnilogue: Journey to the West"
Video screening (20 minutes) produced by Daisuke Yamashiro
+report on the exhibition by curators
Kyongfa Che (Curator for the exhibition, Independent curator)
Shihoko Iida (Curator for the exhibition, Independent curator)

Part 2: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Curatorial Round Table by curators for "Omnilogue" series
Kyongfa Che (Curator for the exhibition, Independent curator)
Shihoko Iida (Curator for the exhibition, Independent curator)
Azusa Hashimoto (Curator for the exhibition in Perth, National Museum of Osaka, Japan)
Tsukasa Ikegami (Curator for the exhibition in Singapore, Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City)
Tomoko Yabumae (Curator for the exhibition in Singapore, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo)
Moderator: Michio Hayashi (Professor of Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University)

Admission Free (RSVP is required), Capacity: 80 people
With Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation
Application RSVP is required. Deadline: February 23 (Thu.)
Please book byE-mailor FAX: 03-5369-6038 your name, occupation, postal code, address, phone and FAX numbers, and E-mail address.
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Exhibition "Omnilogue: Journey to the West"

Photo of Exhibition "Omnilogue: Journey to the West"

Date: January 22 (Sun.) to February 19 (Sun.), 2012 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Closed on January 26
Venue: Lalit Kala Akademi (New Delhi, India)
Organizer: The Japan Foundation
In cooperation with: Canon India Pvt. Ltd. Casio India Co., Pvt. Ltd.
Curator: Nivedita Magar (Independent curator, India)
Chattiya Kate Nitpolprasert (PURPLE HAZE Curator, Thailand)
Kyongfa Che (Independent curator, Japan)
Shihoko Iida (Independent curator, Japan)
Participating artists: Hiroharu Mori, Meiro Koizumi, Aki Sasamoto, Yuken Teruya, Satoshi Hashimoto, Aki Yahata

Photo of Installation view of Satoshi Hashimoto
Installation view of Satoshi Hashimoto

※The three co-curative “Omnilogue” exhibitions respectively have a different curatorial theme and title, specific to its local, cultural contexts, which aims to open up new possibilities of multi-directional discussions on cultural exchanges toward the 21st century through contemporary art as the coined title “Omnilogue (Omni+logue)” indicates.

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