This event, held in conjunction with the exhibition The Primary Fact by former ISCP resident Hikaru Fuji, will begin with a screening of Fujii’s video Playing Japanese (2017), followed by a response by Yukie Kamiya, Director, Japan Society Gallery.
Playing Japanese, for which Hikaru Fujii won the Nissan Art Award in 2017, includes footage from a workshop he orchestrated during which dozens of members of the public were invited to “perform” what it means to be Japanese. During this workshop, the participants also reenacted historical texts from the early twentieth century, written about an imperialist “human exhibit” that took place in Japan in 1903. Ultimately, the work is connected to current Japanese political and social issues linked to depopulation, immigration and discrimination.
Yukie Kamiya is Director at Japan Society Gallery, New York. Previously, Kamiya was Chief Curator of Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan and served Associate Curator at the New Museum, New York. She has curated exhibitions internationally, and organized monographic exhibitions by artists including Cai Guo-Qiang, Yasumasa Morimura, Yoko Ono, Do Ho Suh and others. She also served for cultural institutions including the Japan Foundation, and Goethe Institute as a guest curator and co-curated the group exhibitions Discordant Harmony: Critical Reflection of Imagination of Asia (2015-2017), Re:Quest Japanese Contemporary Art since the 1970s (2013), and Under Construction: New Dimension of Asian Art (2002-2003). Kamiya received the Academic Prize from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo for her curation of Simon Starling: Project for a Masquerade (Hiroshima) in 2011. She is currently working on the Shanghai Biennial 2018 as co-curator.
Artist and filmmaker Hikaru Fujii (born 1976) lives and works in Tokyo. Fujii studied at École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs, Paris, and obtained a MA from Université de Paris 8. He undertakes extensive research and fieldwork to investigate existing systems and structures, based on the idea that art is produced from a relationship between society and history. Rather than presenting his research matter-of-fact, his work attempts to reinterpret past events from contemporary perspectives. His recent art works have garnered both international and domestic acclaim. Fujii has had exhibitions at Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo; and Sendai Mediatheque, among others.
This program is supported, in part, by, Greenwich Collection Ltd., New York City Council District 34, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Nissan Art Award – Arts Initiative Tokyo, and Onassis Cultural Center.