More than 70 artists and designers will create their own original fan. Each unique artworks will be commissioned for this special exhibition. The Artists will create their own contemporary interpretation of the fan. Some of the fans will be purely aesthetic, and others will contain messages such as a social or political comment.
More than 10% profit will be donated to WWF for marine plastic pollution aide.
Hand fans unveil many things in global history. This eastern invention originally started in China as a note pad role, and came to Japan in the 8th century, known as the Nara period (710-794). China and Japan were collaborating to develop the fan as a craft product. It was followed by Heian period (794-1185) then the use of the fan really began to flourish in Japanese culture as well literature and paintings. The famous tale of Genji
was written in this era. It was popular amongst the royals both old and young, men and women. They created all manner of handling fans.
For example, in a tea ceremony, the tea maker puts a fan between the guests, it indicates territories, the guest side is higher and the tea maker side is lower to show respect for the guest. 16 to 17 century was the year of the Japanese civil war. Swords were not allowed in houses, so people carried fans which were made of iron as a weapon.
In the12th century Fan’s were exported from Japan to the western world by the Portuguese during theCrusades. They became popular all over France and Spain. The Spanish used them for Flamenco and they
were popular amongst the nobility. In France, fans became popular during the Rococo period, and France became the centre for fan design and production and was a popular fashion accessory.
The artists and designers will contemplate the rich shared history of the fan,
and present it with a contemporary aesthetic.