Kosai Hori + Erize Hori, To Remember- Who am I?
Dates｜ February 13 (Sat)- March 26 (Fri), 2021. 11am to 7pm (Closed on Mondays and Sundays)
Venue｜Space√K (√K Contemporary B1F, 6 Minamicho, Shinjuku-ku)
Admittance Fee｜800 yen (Part of the proceeds will be donated towards supporting the Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction)
Organizer｜Japan Art Inheritance Association
Co-operators｜Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels, Mizuma Art Gallery and SEI-RIN Co., Ltd.
Technical Support｜Tomotaro Kaneko and Keisuke Tanaka
As the Great East Japan Earthquake devastated the nation, artists began reexamining their roles as artists and, with this, felt compelled to take active responsibility. As the first instalment to two exhibitions in support of the East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction, To Remember-Who am I? presents the audio and video installation by the artist unit Kosai Hori + Erize Hori. Urging viewers to reflect upon how society imposes itself onto individuals, the installation compels spectators to question what sort of ‘life’ these artists are trying to express and convey as ideas are forged for the new age.
【The Work: Kosai Hori + Erize Hori, To Remember- Who am I?】
The exhibition presents a new version of the 2019 To Remember- Who am I? installation, which was exhibited at the Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels. This work manifests the emotions and feelings the artist unit, “Kosai Hori + Erize Hori” experienced at a devastated site a month following the Great East Japan Earthquake. Enveloping the venue in video and sound, the installation constructs an illusion of an extra-dimensional space and draws participants into its own isolated universe. Through this experience, viewers are brought to question what their ideas of “life” is, and what their role should be in the future, 10 years following the disaster.
Almost a month after March 11, 2011
We visited the disaster site
We passed the rubble and came out to the sea
The spring sea was gentle and calm
15,894 people died in the earthquake
2,562 people are still missing
Around 123,000 people have evacuated and still cannot return home.
And the many who have been exposed to radiation
To those who died we call on all your names and engrave them in our hearts
You’re here, yet you’re gone
You’re gone , yet you’re here
Kosai Hori + Erize Hori
【Visitation and Entry】
Visitors will be asked to co-operate with temperature checks, hand sanitization and mask-wearing to uphold countermeasures against the coronavirus. To avoid overcrowding, admission might be temporarily restricted. We ask for your understanding and thank you for your co-operation.
【Interrelated Kosai Hori Exhibitions｜Kosai Hori from his Earliest to his Latest Works】
During the same period as this exhibition, √K Contemporary and Mizuma Art gallery will respectively host a retrospective exhibition and an exhibition of new works. Tracing Kosai Hori’s long-held challenge to painting, this is a rare opportunity to experience the artist through his widespread beginnings and developments. Please check out below links for details.
Venue | √K Contemporary
Venue｜Mizuma Art Gallery
【Press Release】To Remember – Who Am I?
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