アジア21カ国・地域の美術の新傾向を紹介する福岡アジア美術トリエンナーレ。3年に一度開催されるこのイベントは今年で4回目を迎え、福岡の恒例イベントとして街に定着しつつあると同時に、福岡がアジアの一部であることを再確認するきっかけを私たちに投げかけてくれている。 今回は『共再生』というテーマのもと、絵画や彫刻などの作品展示に加え、美術館外のアートスペース、商店街でも共同制作やワークショップ、パフォーマンス などの交流プログラムが行なわれ、アジアの現代美術作家たちと福岡の街や人とが一緒になって交流の場を創っていく。さらに今年は福岡アジア美術館の開館10周年。世界が注目するアジア現代美術の祭典は9月5日福岡にて開幕する。
“Spirit of Mother, Mother’s Milk”
“Mr. Water and Mrs. Melon”
Who says art should stay on the walls? Huang Yong Ping’s remarkable sculpture Python’s Tail might look like something you’d find in a Natural History museum, but it’s actually a giant wood sculpture of a fantastic beast. Paris-resident Ping, one of the group of young radicals who heralded the rise of contemporary Chinese art in the 1990s has exhibited worldwide and here has created a sculpture whose teeth will definitely follow you around the room.
Leang Seckon is one of Cambodia’s leading contemporary artists, and gained a substantial international reputation with his “Naga”, a 250-meter-long sculpture of the mythical serpent constructed in the Mekong River, as party of 2008′s World Water day. “The Mekong river reaches through so much of South East Asia, and I was taking a boat to Angkor Wat when I saw that it was choked with plastic,” Seckon told FN. “It covered the trees and even though I couldn’t see it I could feel it moving and filling the water”. For the Fukuoka Triennale Seckon is taking another plastic monster to the streets with his Makara, a land-based dragon-like relative of the Naga. The serpent is actually a huge costume hand-sewn with patterns of plastic, which volunteers will parade through Hakata’s streets on Sep. 5. The performance will comprise elements of Cambodian rural and city life: “Once a year, for the Water Festival, people from the countryside all come into the city and buy plastic goods to take back, which all ends up in the rivers. It’ just like trade in Asia: a poor country buys plastic goods from a rich one and it all ends up in the countryside.” Volunteers are needed to make and perform with his colossal sculpture, so get in touch with the Ajibi office at 092-263-1103 if you’d like to take part.
Composer and sound artist Makoto Nomura’s latest work will go a few steps further than singing in the shower. Nomura’s “bath concert” will take place inside a sento (public bath house) in Hakata called Daiharu-yu. A mixed choir will sing Nomura’s composition Ofuro-no-uta (Song of the Bath): a male chorus will sing while soaking in the baths of the male section, matched by a female chorus bathing in the female section. A traditional sento, the baths in Daiharu-yu are separated by a wall but open at the top enough to allow harmonization of the voices from both sides. The audience will enjoy the music from the adjoining changing rooms. Nomura is hoping to involve volunteer performers among local singers, so this unique musical experience will definitely have a “communal” feel!