Summer Update! Setouchi Triennale 2022: The Latest Artwork Highlights
The Setouchi Triennale 2022, a contemporary art festival held from April 14 to November 6, will host 214 works of art. This article features some of the new and noteworthy pieces of art debuting at the fifth edition of the Triennale.
See 214 Works of Art at the Setouchi Triennale 2022
The Setouchi Triennale 2022, a contemporary art festival held on 12 islands and two ports in the Seto Inland Sea, opened on April 14.
The fifth edition of this art festival features 184 artists from 33 countries and regions. There will be a total of 214 art pieces on display, both old and new.
Due to the travel restrictions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists from overseas instructed the festival staff and volunteers remotely on how to prepare their works, resulting in interesting pieces.
The following is a list of new and noteworthy works that are garnering attention.
“Navigation Room” by Nicolas Darrot (2022)
This artwork was designed as a nautical device to chart routes across an imaginary ocean.
It consists of stick charts, a navigational aid made by sailors of the Marshall Islands using wooden sticks, and one-eyed creatures.
Nicolas Darrot, a French artist, learned about the legend of ogres dwelling on Megijima and was reminded of Homer's "Odyssey," an adventurous tale across the Mediterranean Sea.
The artist added, "Although we cannot travel freely due to COVID-19, we still can connect the Seto Inland Sea and the Mediterranean Sea in our minds."
The artwork re-creates the Odyssey using melodies from a music box and the arbitrary movements of celestial bodies.
Thrift Shop Duplication Remains (Little Shops on the Island Project)
“Thrift Shop Duplication Remains” by Junko Gosyo (2022)
Little Shops on the Island Project was launched during the 2019 Setouchi Triennale, handling extraordinary items designed by participating artists.
This artwork is one of these projects where objects collected from the island are embedded into a plaster wall for display and sold.
Some objects have a text illustrating their origin, which relates to the island's history. After the items are sold, the holes in the wall will remain part of the exhibition.
The wall, with imprints of the sold objects, seems to portray the island's history.
MEGI Fab (Little Shops on the Island Project)
“MEGI Fab” by Midori Mitamura (2022)
Midori Mitamura, the artist behind MEGI Fab, creates installations using photographs and images. This ambitious artwork aims to start an original Megijima textile brand.
The shop sells Megijima-themed textile products and items with photographs of the island's scenery printed on them.
The photographs, which are black and white or blue-colored, are covered with geometric patterns. These products featuring a contemporary touch with a nostalgic taste should make beautiful mementos of one's Megijima trip.
The School Teachers
“The School Teachers” by Ekaterina Muromtseva (2022)
Ekaterina Muromtseva is a Russian artist based in New York. This artwork depicts various images that come to people's minds when they think about a teacher.
There are other works by the artist at the exhibition, along with drawings of teachers made by the children of Ogijima. The varied images might make visitors wonder what a teacher means to them.
Muromtseva uses a pipette as a brush. The blurred colors help create a whimsical atmosphere by dropping paint on paper.
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