Tuesday, August 13, 2013

"Aichi Triennale" 
When artworks express the hopes of the post-quake society

Contemporary artist Kenji Yanobe, 47, created the “Sun Child” statue hoping that the areas affected by the 2011 accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant will recover from the disaster.

 Katsuhiro Miyamoto

Fukushima Dai Ichi as a Japanese style roofing shrine 
to physically communicate the true scale of the nuclear plant by Miyamoto

August 2013 "Aichi Triennale". The 3 months festival started a few days ago reflecting on Arts in the wake of the 2011 East Japan Earthquake. Aichi Triennale's theme is: “Awakening, Where Are We Standing? Earth, Memory and Resurrection?”

2 years after the events shaking Japan and the planet, for the first time in Japan, artists and creators convey the emotional and creative impact of March 2011.

 Prestigious names from overseas and Japan gather in Nagoya and Okazaki in cutting edge contemporary arts, performing arts. I saw dance, theatre, architecture, paintings, photography, sculptures, modern art, operas in the program. I had a fascinating chat with Alfredo Jaar who expects no limitation in the way creators and audiences will spend these 3 months ahead.

Director Taro Igarashi, Professor of Architecture and Building Science, Tohoku University Graduate School of Engineering: "In the late nineteenth century Paul Gauguin produced a painting titled “Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?” In contrast, at the Triennale, Director Igarashi asks : “Where are we standing?"



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