CURATOR TALK WITH EMILY WAKELING + FREE FILM SCREENING
Join us for a curator’s tour of our current exhibition Compassionate Grounds: Ten Years on in Tōhoku. This will be followed by a free film screening in the Metro Arts Studios.
COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS: TEN YEARS ON IN TŌHOKU
Curated by Emily Wakeling
This exhibition of contemporary Japanese art observes 10 years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
Japanese artists Lieko Shiga, Motoyuki Shitamichi, Masahiro Hasunuma, Kyun-chome, Masaharu Satō, Natsumi Satō and Haruka Komori, along with Japanese-Australian artists Chaco Katō and Mayu Kanamori, address and record the physical and social impacts of major loss on what could be described as ‘compassionate grounds’. This term is commonly heard in pandemic times when discussing exceptions for those suffering, but in this case is an artistic reference to the fraught relationship many disaster survivors have with their lost or unrecognisable lands and homes.
DOUBLE LAYERED TOWN / MAKING A SONG TO REPLACE OUR POSITIONS (2019)
by Natsumi Seo and Haraku Komori
Rikuzentakata was one of dozens of coastal towns in northeastern Japan hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and its post-tsunami story is the long-time subject of collaborators Natsumi Seo and Haruka Komori. Double layered town / making a song to replace our positions (2019) follows four university-age visitors who listen to the stories of townspeople who lived through the disaster. They walk around areas under construction, and listen to intimate stories of loss and trauma inside people’s cramped temporary living spaces. The young people then regroup and discuss what to do with the stories they have heard. Japanese language film with English subtitles, 79 minutes.
Note: Registration is not required for the Curator Talk
CURATOR TALK + FREE FILM SCREENING
3pm, Sat 21 Aug | Curator Talk with Emily Wakeling
4pm, Sat 21 Aug | Free film screening
Double layered town / making a song to replace our positions (2019)
Artist Talk: Gallery One + Gallery Two + Window Gallery
Film Screening: Metro Arts Studios
Fri 13 Aug 8am – 3pm
Sat 14 Aug 10am – 6pm
Sun 15 Aug CLOSED
Mon 16 – Fri 20 Aug 8am – 4.30pm
Sat 21 Aug 10am – 6pm (Curator Tour / Screening)
Sun 22 Aug CLOSED
Mon 23 – Fri 27 Aug 8am – 4.30pm
Sat 28 Aug 10am – 6pm
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, plus support from Bus Projects and Metro Arts.
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