Triennale Outline

About Yokohama Triennale 2020

The Yokohama Triennale, an international contemporary art exhibition, has been held every three years since 2001, introducing the new concepts and ideas that are shaping culture through a broad range of works by international established and emerging artists, Here, Yokohama engages with the world and contributes to the exchange of ideas and understanding.


Yokohama Triennale 2020, its 7th edition, will be led by Raqs Media Collective, a collective of three artists based in New Delhi, India, as its artistic director. Under Raqs Media Collective’s direction, it will take the artists and co-travelers on a journey through time and space.


The title of Yokohama Triennale 2020 is “AFTERGLOW,” a word chosen by Raqs Media Collective to reference how, in our everyday lives, we unknowingly experience the residues of light sparked at the beginning of our time, as in the case of how the “white noise” on our analog televisions included fragments of cosmic microwave background radiation left over from the cosmic Big Bang. By referring to the Big Bang’s destructive energy that propelled creativity and over time, gave birth to life on this planet, and its radiation that is toxic as well as therapeutic, Raqs Media Collective takes interest in the cycle of destruction/toxicity and recovery/care in the human activities of the contemporary age. Together with the artists, audience, and others, Raqs Media Collective will explore ways to co-exist with toxicity for human sustenance and survival in this world in flux, rather than eliminate it.


“AFTERGLOW” will consist of both an exhibition, and “Episōdos,” or a series of events that illuminate moments of deliberation. The“Episōdos” will begin in November 2019 in Yokohama, prior to the exhibition that opens in July 2020, and unfold in locations both inside and outside of Japan. In addition, Raqs Media Collective will share its sources for its deliberation through a Sourcebook , to expand its views and visions toward the world at large.



The Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale




Title Yokohama Triennale 2020 “Afterglow”
Artistic Director Raqs Media Collective
Exhibition Dates July 17 - October 11, 2020
Closed: Every Thursday, except for July 23, August 13 & October 8
Venues Yokohama Museum of Art 3-4-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
PLOT 48 4-3-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan (Minato Mirai 21 Central District Block 48)
* There is also a work on exhibit in the following venue:
NYK MARITIME MUSEUM 3-9, Kaigan-dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Hours 10:00 - 18:00
※Open until 21:00 on October 2, 3, 8, 9 & 10
※Open until 20:00 on October 11.
Organizers City of Yokohama, Yokohama Arts Foundation, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), The Asahi Shimbun, and Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale
Beyond the Exhibition Episōdo (Real-world and online events that extend the footprint of the Triennale)

Dates: Nov. 2019 – Oct. 2020

Venue: Various and online here.

Agency for Cultural Affairs(Program to Support International Arts Festivals)
Agency for Cultural Affairs
(Program to Support International Arts Festivals)
Special Cooperation The Japan Foundation, Urban Renaissance Agency
Under the Auspices of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Kanagawa Prefectural Government, Kanagawa Shimbun, Television Kanagawa
  • 株式会社野村総合研究所
  • 三井不動産グループ
  • 三菱地所グループ
  • 大日本印刷株式会社
  • 株式会社髙島屋 横浜店
  • 森ビル株式会社
  • 株式会社横浜銀行
  • 上野トランステック株式会社
  • NTT東日本
  • 株式会社大林組
  • 川本工業株式会社
  • 株式会社キタムラ
  • 株式会社崎陽軒
  • 株式会社サカタのタネ
  • 東レ株式会社
  • NEC
  • 原鉄道模型博物館
  • 横浜信用金庫
  • ニュウマン横浜
Corporate Cooperation
ACM Co,Ltd., Keikyu Corporation, Sotetsu Group, DAIICHI ORIMONO CO.,LTD., NYK MARITIME MUSEUM, Peatix Japan K.K., Fuji Xerox Co.,Ltd., YOKOHAMA MINATOMIRAI RAILWAY COMPANY., Yokohama Urban Future Create Co.,Ltd.
Artist Support
beyond 2020




Artistic Director

Raqs Media Collective


The Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale

Honorary Presidents HAYASHI Fumiko (Mayor, City of Yokohama)【Representative】
MAEDA Terunobu (President, Japan Broadcasting Corporation [NHK])
WATANABE Masataka (President and CEO, The Asahi Shimbun)
Committee Members KONDO Seiichi (President, Yokohama Arts Foundation)【Chairperson】
OSAKA Eriko (Director, The National Art Center, Tokyo)【Executive Chairperson】
KURAYA Mika (Director, Yokohama Museum of Art)【Executive Chairperson】
KAKOI Kenichiro (Director Cultural Promotions Center, Japan Broadcasting Corporation [NHK])
SAWA Kazuki (President, Tokyo University of the Arts)
JINBU Hiroshi(Director General of Culture and Tourism Bureau, City of Yokohama)
TAKASHINA Shuji (Director, Ohara Museum of Art)
TATEHATA Akira (President, Tama Art University)
TSUKA Hiroko (Executive Vice President, The Japan Foundation)
HORIKOSHI Reiko (Executive Director, Cultural Projects and Business Development, The Asahi Shimbun)

as of April 3, 2020


[Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale Office]

Senior Managing Director MATSUMOTO Kimiyoshi(City of Yokohama)
Managing Director IGARASHI Seiichi (Yokohama Arts Foundation)
Managers AKIYAMA Daisuke (Japan Broadcasting Corporation [NHK])
YAMAKI Naofumi (The Asahi Shimbun)


Project Manager HOASHI Aki *
Administration Manager KAJIWARA Atsushi **
Communication Manager NISHIYAMA Yuko


―Curatorial Team

Exhibition Head/Curator UCHIYAMA Junko*
Curatorial Head/Curator KIMURA Eriko*
Curator HAYASHI Sumi
Assistant Curator HIBINO Miyon*
Coordination Head/Registrar SUZUKI Yuko
Curatorial Coordinator (“Episōdos” Coordinator) TAKEI Mariko
Curatorial Coordinator (Curatorial Registrar) TOMIYASU Reiko
Curatorial Coordinator KURASHIGE Natsuko
Curatorial Assistant SHIBATA Haruka
Technical Coordinator YAMAMOTO Shiro
Assistant Project Manager FUKUOKA Ayako*
Project Coordinator SUZUKI Keiko
Intern (2019) ISODA Minori, IMASEKI Yurika, TOMINAGA Risako


―Administration Team

Administration AKASAKI Yuka**, IMANISHI Megumi**, OGAWA Tetsu**,
OGAWA Yoshiyuki**, OSANAI Yukie*, KIMURA Ayaka**, TAKADA Satoshi**,TAKABAYASHI Mariko*, TSUCHIDA Kaori*, TSURUMI Tempei**, HANZAWA Nanami, HIRABAYASHI Otohiko**, MARUYAMA Akiko**, YAMADA Takahiro**
PR & Promotion IWATA Tomoko, IWANAMI Ai**, TAKAHASHI Nobuka*,

* Yokohama Museum of Art (Yokohama Arts Foundation)
** City of Yokohama


Designer Ariane SPANIER
Space Design/Architect MMA inc. KUDO Momoko
Exhibition Text Shveta SARDA


[Raqs Media Collective Research Assistant] Kaushal Ajay SAPRE, IMAMURA Tyuki, SHIOZAKI Erica

as of June 22,2020