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ressentiment (Japan) 48

Formed in 2000.

Since its formation in 2000, ressentiment - which primarily creates installations and carries out performances at media art group exhibitions - continues to name all its works Ikishon. The origin for the term ‘Ikishon’ lies in a word - the meaning of which was unclear - uttered by a male pilgrim during a pilgrimage of the 88 temples of Shikoku that the members of ressentiment undertook soon after the formation of the collective. In ressentiment’s work, ‘machinery’ such as film, acoustic and printing equipment is presented to the observer as three-dimensional art so that a new focus is applied to its function. At the same time, through the use of collages of moving images reminiscent of mandalas or the portrayal of items used in everyday life within a mythological context, ressentiment also presents the observer with a space that is filled with a unique romanticism.

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Robin Rhode

Robin Rhode (South Africa) 49

Born in 1976 in Cape Town, South Africa. Lives and works in Berlin.

Rhode creates highly critical and yet humorous work featuring street graffiti, photography and moving images based on his early life experiences living in apartheid South Africa when he had little choice but to create his own games. This work, which represents a search for identity amongst South Africa’s colored residents, sends out an even stronger message than Rhode’s previous work. Rhode continues to work internationally, with a solo exhibition held at the Artists Space in New York in 2004. He has also been selected for the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005.

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Maria Roosen1

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Maria Roosen (Netherlands) 50

Born in 1957 in Oisterwijk, Netherlands. Lives and works in Arnhem.

Roosen has participated in international exhibitions such as “Sonsbeek 2001” and “2003 Beaufort,” attracting attention for her feminine works installed in public spaces. She has been acclaimed for her works representing the relationship between urban spaces and monumental structures conveyed through her unique perspective, as seen in “Watertower of Blankenberge” in particular. Roosen is currently designing, ahead of the Triennale, an installation to be built near the venue at a site yet to be decided. Yokohama Marine Tower is one of the candidates.
Major exhibitions include “Met”(Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, 2004), “Maria Roosen in Himmelb(l)auw” (Groninger Museum, 2001), “Home is where the heart is” (Kunstvereniging, Diepenheim, 1999) and “Spring!”(Gemeente Museum, Helmond, 1994).

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