Yokohama Triennale 2017 “Islands, Constellations and Galapagos” announces full list of artists

The Yokohama Triennale has announced the full list of 38 participating artists and art collectives and one project for its 2017 edition.

The 6th Yokohama Triennale will run from 4 August to 5 November 2017 at the Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No.1, Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall (Basement) and other locations across the city.

The logo of the Yokohama Triennale 2017. Image courtesy Yokohama Triennale.

The logo of the Yokohama Triennale 2017. Image courtesy Yokohama Triennale.

Founded in 2001, the Yokohama Triennale is opening its sixth edition in August 2017. In a recent announcement, the Triennale released its full list of participating artists, which includes 38 international individual artists and art collectives and one project at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No.1.

Under the title of “Islands, Constellations and Galapagos”, the 6th Yokohama Triennale aims to open up possibilities for discussion around various issues such as isolation and connectivity, imagination and guidance, distinctness and diversity, among others. The concept of the Triennale seeks to consider ways in which to shape a better future in light of our current times of uncertainty, and to engage people across the world with imagination and creativity.

The logo for the 2017 Triennale was designed by creative lab PARTY, and was inspired by the World Turtle depicted in Hindu mythology. The image visual sets the cityscape of Yokohama on top of the Galapagos tortoise, and combines the Japanese traditional pattern of Kikkomon, or tortoiseshell, thus alluding to the title of the Triennale.

Ai Weiwei, 'Safe Passage', 2016. © Ai Weiwei Studio

Ai Weiwei, ‘Safe Passage’, 2016. © Ai Weiwei Studio

The Triennale’s theme was conceived by a Conception Meeting including the Triennale’s directors and art professionals and experts in different fields such as Suhanya Raffel (Executive Director, M+ Museum, Hong Kong), Sputniko! (Artist and MIT Media Lab Assistant Professor), Rikrit Tiravanija (Artist and Professor, Columbia University School of the Arts) and Washida Kiyokazu (Philosopher, President, Kyoto City University of Arts and Director, sendai mediatheque), among others.

A series of public forums entitled “Yokohama Round”, which kicked off in January 2017, offered a platform for conversations, discussions, contemplation, as well as the sharing of ideas surrounding the title of the Yokohama Triennale 2017.

Taking place across its main venues – the Yokohama Museum of Art, the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No.1 and Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall – as well as other locations around the city, the Triennale is directed by Osaka Eriko (Director, Yokohama Museum of Art), Miki Akiko (Curator / International Artistic Director, Benesse Art Site Naoshima) and Kashiwagi Tomoh (Project Director, Yokohama Museum of Art).

Mr., 'Tokyo, the City I Know, at Dusk: It's Like a Hollow in My Heart', 2016. © 2016 Mr./Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Image courtesy Galerie Perrotin.

Mr., ‘Tokyo, the City I Know, at Dusk: It’s Like a Hollow in My Heart’, 2016. © 2016 Mr./Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin.

Alongside the project entitled Don’t Follow the Wind at the Red Brick Warehouse, the full list of participating artists in the 2017 iteration of the Triennale includes, among others:

The artist’s works will explore the concept of the Triennale, which is inserted in a current landscape of global uncertainty, in a world rocked by conflicts and disputes, with refugee and immigration crises, and political transformations brought about by events such as Brexit. Our society is also undergoing great changes with the increasing amount of information inundating our lives and the impact of social networks, creating small “island universes” in our social fabric.

Zhao Zhao, 'Project Taklamakan', 2016. Image courtesy the artist.

Zhao Zhao, ‘Project Taklamakan’, 2016. Image.

As the organisers explain, the Triennale thus seeks to reexamine the state of global connectivity and isolation from various angles, with the artists’ works exploring among other things,

the archipelago-style existence of regions and cultural spheres; the world that is generally growing conservative; distinctive evolutions and diversifications that happen within the closed environments; and what kinds of potentials human imagination and creativity may manage to cultivate, faced with the world in which such conflicting concepts and aspects intricately and fluidly intertwine.

Considering this era as a “turning point”, the Yokohama Triennale 2017 aims to capture “the complexity, profundity, and nexus of the world that cannot be grasped merely through a digital perspective (the worldview consisting of 0 and 1)”:

With the courage of ancient sailors who sailed the open seas with stars as their guideposts and with human imagination that painted mythological images and wove narratives in the sky by connecting the stars, we hope to recapture them from multifaceted perspectives. The triennale intends, then, to provide the place where, together with a diverse range of people, we contemplate what we shall consider wisdom for our future.

C. A. Xuan Mai Ardia


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