YOKOHAMA 2005: International Triennale of Contemporary Art

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Taisuke Abe

Taisuke Abe (Japan) 01

Born in 1974 in Oita, Japan. Lives and works in Oita.

Based in Fukuoka and Oita, recently his installation works are featuring large and small stuffed toys made from used clothing, in which the artist interacts with viewers as he continues to operate his sewing machine. The stuffed toys hanging upside down intercept the space between the artist and the viewer, representing the murmur of vacillating meaning. Abe plans to produce these stuffed toys on an ongoing basis at the Triennale venue.
Major exhibitions include “Introductory Series 1999 - Sawagu Yoru [the noise at night]” (Mitsubishi-Jisho ARTIUM, Fukuoka, 1999), the two-man exhibition “OK” with Sudo Hideyuki (Gallery SOAP, Kita Kyushu, 2000) and IRIS Art Days – the Abe Taisuke solo exhibition “Kotoba wo miru kimono [Kimono that sees words]”, (IRIS Kyuden Community Plaza, Oita, 2003) and the “Toori to hiroba [Roads and Plazas]” exhibition (Gallery Artlier, Fukuoka, 2004), while his work features – together with the work of photographer Kubo Takashi – in a photography book titled Clover published in 2003.

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Alma Quinto

Alma Quinto (Philippines) 02

Born in 1961 in Pangasinan, Philippines. Lives and works in Quezon City.

In 2003, Quinto embarked on a project in collaboration with young girls who had suffered sexual abuse, titled “Soft Dreams and Bed Stories” (Havana Biennale, Cuba) featuring toy-like soft sculptures and mattresses. Quinto’s exhibit at Yokohama 2005 will also feature soft sculpture as part of this ongoing series. By incorporating symbols of family life into the exhibition, Quinto conveys her conviction that everyday life is inextricably linked to creative and artistic expression – a characteristic of Philippine culture – and that it is when these are fused that social and political issues can be addressed and gender policies promoted. Apart from her creative activities, Quinto, through her position heading the women’s art organization KASIBULAN, organizes activities to promote the improvement of the status of women in art.

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Atelier Van Lieshout1

Atelier Van Lieshout2

Atelier Van Lieshout (Netherlands) 03

URLEstablished by Joep Van Lieshout in 1995.

Joep Van Lieshout was born in 1963 in Ravenstein, Netherlands. Lives and works in Rotterdam.
Van Lieshout’s work is diverse, covering sculpture and furniture through to mobile housing and a range of building equipment, all of which reflect his unique perspective. A participant in the 2003 Sao Paulo Biennale.
Major works include Total Faecal Solution (installation, 2003), Bonnefantopia (installation, 2002), Modular House Mobile (model unit, 1995), Pitiful One (sculpture,1996) and Liver (sculpture, 2003).

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