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“Connectivity” and “Isolation” as Key Themes to Think about the World Today

1. Thinking about the World Today

“Islands,” “Constellations,” and “Galapagos” are keywords that connote connectivity and isolation, imagination and creativity, identity and diversity, among others. While the world today is expanding with globalization, it is being shaken to its foundations by challenges such as conflict, refugees and immigration, and the emergence of protectionism, xenophobia, and populism. The sixth edition of the Yokohama Triennale will contemplate the world in which conflicting concepts and phenomena are intricately intertwined and constantly in flux. Here, in Yokohama, the first port that opened to foreign countries in the late 19th century, we will see how the courage, imagination and creativity of human beings can be used to derive a new vision and ground design for the future. More details here

2. Large-scale installations at the Yokohama Museum of Art: Ai Weiwei, Joko Aviant

i Weiwei consistently produces work that relates to his own social context and pushes his activities toward expanding the conceptual boundaries of art. For Yokohama Triennale 2017, he presents a large-scale installation addressing the ongoing refugee crisis, with lifeboats hanging on the façade and recovered lifejackets covering the columns of Yokohama Museum of Art.

Meanwhile, inside the museum in the Grand Gallery, Joko Avianto’s dynamic new work is a structure inspired by the traditional Japanese braided rope called a shimenawa, woven with distinctive techniques from brought 2,000 shoots of Indonesian bamboo. Bamboo has long been popular in Indonesia as a material for houses and daily necessities, and through this work, Avianto explores the loss of traditional culture in his country and symbiosis between human beings and nature.

AI Weiwei
Safe Passage, 2016
© Ai Weiwei Studio
Joko AVIANTO
Mock-up of the work to be on exhibit in the Grand Gallery of Yokohama Museum of Art

3. New works related to Yokohama unveiled at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 1: Ozawa Tsuyoshi, Christian Jankowski

okohama Triennale 2017 features works of art dealing with Yokohama’s history and role as one of the starting points of Japan’s modernization. At Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 1, an important piece of the city’s historical heritage, Ozawa Tsuyoshi exhibits a new work from his “The Return of …” Series illustrating the overseas activities of historical figures. It traces the activities of a Yokohama-born art historian and philosopher legendary for his trailblazing ideas and writings during the Meiji Era (1868-1912).

Christian Jankowski, known for video works brimming with both humor and pathos, shows a new piece in which a massage therapist diagnoses and works on Yokohama public sculptures to improve Japan’s flow of chi ahead of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

OZAWA Tsuyoshi’s work in progress
Photo:Bobby Brahma/ Hironori Oooka
Christian JANKOWSKI
Heavy Weight History, 2013
Photographer: Szymon Rogynski
Courtesy: the artist, Lisson Gallery

4. New works by young international artists
to be premiered in Japan:
Zhao Zhao, Ian Cheng

hao Zhao and Ian Cheng are two young artists that have emerged remarkably in recent years, and whose work will be featured in a major Japanese exhibition for the first time. In the video Project Taklamakan, Zhao carries a refrigerator out into the Taklamakan Desert, his homeland and the site of frequent ethnic conflicts, connects it to power cables, and drinks cold beer. With humor and a magnificent sense of scale, he sheds a light on the history of Silk Road transmitting and exchanging goods, people, and cultures, as well as its current isolated state.

eanwhile, Ian Cheng presents Emissary Forks At Perfection, a video about cognitive evolution in a closed and monitored world. Game programming is used to simulate various situations in real time, and Shiba dogs acting as divine emissaries repeatedly collide and evolve on the screen as an unpredictable story unfolds.

ZHAO Zhao
Project Taklamakan, 2016 Image
Ian CHENG
Emissary Forks At Perfection,2015-2016
Courtesy the artist, Pilar Corrias, Standard (Oslo)

5. Variety of related events

For this edition of Yokohama Triennale, there will be various events designed for all ages and a variety of interests in which participants will engage with not only contemporary art - Series of talking events inviting participating artists of Yokohama Triennale 2017 and experts from various fields as speakers, Screening of documentary films, Theater performance, Exhibition of classic books and maps, and Activities to explore the city of Yokohama. Check the up-to-date information here

NYK Hikawamaru
Round1 <Art Between 0 and 1>
YORO Takeshi, FUSE Hideto
Photo: KATO Ken

6. Combination Tickets to enjoy in-depth Yokohama Triennale 2017 and other art program held everywhere
in the city of Yokohama

Combination Tickets includes admission of the Yokohama Triennale 2017 and tie-up programs, “BankART Life V” and “Koganecho Bazaar 2017.” Tie-up programs offer unlimited number of entries. More details here

In the city of Yokohama, contemporary art programs will be held organized by the residents, art NPOs, volunteers, and businesses - Yokohama Paratriennale 2017, YCC Temporary KENGO KITO, Smart Illumination Yokohama 2017, Creative Waterway-Creative Bases Connecting Rivers and Sea. More details here

photo by Yasuyuki Kasagi

Guide on Smartphones (App)

Guide app provides the audio and text hints to engage with the artworks in Yokohama Triennale 2017.

Combination Ticket

This ticket combines admission to the Yokohama Triennale 2017 and tie-up programs, “BankART Life V” and “Koganecho Bazaar 2017.”