Presentation by Aki Sasamoto
Moderated by Nivedita Magar
Thursday September 1, 2011 | 6 pm
FICA Reading Room
D-42 Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024
Aki Sasamoto is a New York based Japanese artist who works in visual art, performance and dance. She is co-founder of the nonprofit interdisciplinary organisation ‘Culture Push’. Sasamoto is known for making multimedia sculptural environments in which she stages live performances, and has exhibited internationally at events including the 2010 Whitney Biennial, 2010 Greater New York and 2008 Yokohama Triennale.
She is currently in India working towards a performance-based installation to access the ‘world of the dead’ by researching funeral and death rituals. Borrowing religious and personal stories she creates a third platform to explore these questions. She will share insights about the particular project, against the backdrop of her other works, which will be part of Omnilogue: Journey to the West, an exhibition of contemporary Japanese art to take place in January 2012 at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
Co-curator Nivedita Magar will moderate the presentation and also present the context of the upcoming exhibition that showcases the works of six Japanese artists as they explore the politics of culture, nationalism, friendship, otherness and the Asian imagination within the narratives of travel and dialogue occurring across different periods and locations between India and Japan. The exhibition is organised by Japan Foundation.
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