Tsukuba Biennale | Ibaraki JP

18.10 – 30.10.22 Japan | Aesthetics of the Periphery | Tsukuba Museum of Art | curated by Takashi Ikezawa.

After a few tedious days of completion, the exhibition was finally opened with a wonderful performance. My two main works were produced in Japan and Austria and premiered here at the Tsukuba Museum of Art, organized by the Tsukuba Art Center. Beside these two sculptures three black and white photographies of my former residencies in Estonia and Finland were shown beside four digital prints from Japan.

うかれ燕 – Ukare Tsubame

Ukare tsubame is an old song about a swiftlet, I heard when searching for old washi paper at a flea market. Since then the lyrics are stuck in my head. The figure therefor is made of the buddhistic lotus sutras from Meiji era, I found at the day. The wooden grid above is an old door from my house in Onishi/ Gunma and over 90 years old. 
Floating with no wings the body is bound to the sky by long cords made from an old haiku book. Circling around the longing of beloved humans and nature, those haikus were written originally by a group of five people. Learning about these beautiful lyrics I wanted to reuse them for a poetic journey through time. 


タイムリープ – Taimurīpu :: (Timeleap)

The shelf of body consists of debt lists from an old general store in Gunma prefecture, where I have my studio. The papers are from Meiji era and tell about the items people have bought in the store and would pay by the end of the month. The inside of the body I filled with shredded papers from a modern banking institute. 
Hanging from the body are multiple worn out scarfs which are made from business papers from the same general store dating over 130 years back. The artwork is going through time and keeps track of all these peoples business. Although these people don’t live anymore, their monetary records draw a trace through time.

身体からぶら下がっているのは、130年以上前に同じ雑貨屋で買ったビジネスペーパーから作られた、使い古された複数のスカーフです。この作品は、時を越えて、この人たちの商売の記録を残しているのです。 この人たちはもう生きてはいないが、その金銭的な記録は時代を超えて痕跡を残している。