Exhibition “Universal Nature Rediscovery of Kalevala by 6 Contemporary Japanese Artists”

[Date] 2017.08.06 sun – 08.27 sun
[Artists] Yusuke Asai, Hideki Iinuma, Yuji Ohta, Tomoko Konoike, Shiriagari Kotobuki, Ayumi Tanaka
[Curator] Kenji Kubota

Organisers : The Kalevala Society and The Finnish Institute in Japan / Co-organizer : Sezon Art Gallery
Nominal support : Embassy of Finland / Support : Kenji Kubota Art Office

Series Title [ Into the otherside of air / あの空気に移る ]

I have interviewed the descendants of the residents who Elias Lönnrot visited to compile Kalevala in 19C.
Beside collecting the village inhabitant’s personal stories based on their dreams and remembrances, I assembled their private pictures as mementos, landscape photos of where they live as well as the symbols which I appropriated the images from the Internet by searching in Finnish.
From a vantage point of story teller, I try to weave another oral narrative by intertwining individual Finn’s personal fables and Kalevala which is inherent to Finnish culture and their spiritual values.

エリアス・リョンロートが19世紀に民詩集取旅行で訪れた村人の子孫とコンタクトを交わし、彼らの夢での体験や記憶の話のヒアリングをした。
村人自身のプライベートな記録写真、村の風景の写真、フィンランド語検索によりインターネットから収集したシンボルを素材に、語り手という立場から、フィンランド人の文化と精神世界に普遍的に根付くカレワラの物語と、彼らのパーソナルな神話を重ね合わせ、新たな口承の物語を語ることをこころみる。

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