The 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2014

9/6 (Sat.) ~ 11/30 (Sun.) @ Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
“Panorama of the Next World: Breaking out into the Future”
http://fukuokatriennale.ajibi.jp/index_en.php

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ミン・ティエン・ソン 《異世界(馬)》Min Thein Sung Another Realm(Horse)2011.jpg

First held in 1999, this year marks the fifth edition of the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (FT5 for short). The international exhibition is held under a different theme every three years to showcase the most promising artists from across Asia. Highly acclaimed both in Japan and around the world for its focus on contemporary Asian art, the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum aims to create a space of art exchange between Fukuoka and Asia through the event.

モンゴル画:ウルジンクハンド・オノン《父の不在》 Urjinkhand Onon Absence of Father 20103

モンゴル画:ウルジンクハンド・オノン《父の不在》 Urjinkhand Onon Absence of Father 20103

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プラディープ・タラワッタ《ロードスケープ》Pradeep Thalawatta RoadScape 2012.jpg

よしながこうたく《給食番長》Yoshinaga Koutaku

よしながこうたく《給食番長》Yoshinaga Koutaku

This year’s Fukuoka Triennale also commemorates the 15th anniversary of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. The exhibitions feature paintings, sculptures, installations, films and other artworks from around Asia, and some artists visit Fukuoka to create joint works, hold workshops, and give lectures. This year, 46 artists from 21 countries and regions are scheduled to participate in the triennale, including several first-time Japanese artists; the exhibition will feature many new works in the fields of video, animation, photography, design, and media art. This year’s special section is called “New Era of Mongolian Painting: From Tradition to the Modernity” and focuses on the artwork of ten emerging artists of traditional painting.

As an added bonus, this year’s event is being held in conjunction with Yokohama Triennale 2014, with the Fukuoka Triennale itself participating in the Yokohama exhibit as a “featured artist.” Aimed at promoting interaction between the two exhibitions, this first-ever collaboration will allow visitors to the Yokohama Triennale enjoy works displayed at past and current Fukuoka Triennales.

Fukuoka Triennale “Art Exchange Program”
Along with the exhibition, the Fukuoka Triennale also runs a special “Art Exchange Program.” While the program offers various art exchange events to the local people, it also invites some FT5 participating artists to “Artists-in-Residence” program. This year, around 20 FT5 artists and groups from Asia are invited to participate in the program.

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We sat down with three of the artists (and also this month’s cover models!) currently in Fukuoka on the FT5 Artist-in-Residence program – just after they arrived in town. All three artists are participating in the 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale from 9/6 (Sat.) ~ 11/30 (Sun.) at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

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prillatania

Prilla Tania プリラ・タニア (Indonesia)
Prilla Tania lives and works in her hometown of Bandung, Indonesia. She uses her art to question the ecological issues of contemporary society. For FT5 she will be showing paper images cut­out of paper packages to illustrate the food and energy production, consumption and disposal.

Prilla Tania

プリラ・タニア《エネルギーの循環》 Prilla Tania Daur Energi 2013

Tell us about your participation in the upcoming 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale? How did you become involved?
Last year, Kuroda Raiji (chief curator of FT5) came to Indonesia and we met while I was preparing my solo show. He saw the preparation of my show and interviewed me. End of last year we met again at Jogja Biennale, which I took part in, and he suggested that I send a proposal for the FT5 residency program. I did and I my proposal was accepted. So here I am.

Tell us, if you can, briefly about the art you’ll make for the Triennale
I’m using a packaging box called Duplex, which was collected by volunteers and staff at FAAM. With that material I will make a mapping of the cycle of energy. It will be a mural of duplex.

And what are you looking forward to at this Triennale?
Everything! It’s the first time for me to join a regional triennale. As I’m currently working alongside the other artists in the studio, I am really looking forward to seeing all of the other works.

What medium/s do you work in?
For this show it’s duplex with a paper cutting and assembling technique, but I work with video, photography, performance… basically all mediums. One medium I haven’t tried properly is painting.

What are the common themes in your art?
In the last 7 years I have been working more on environmental issues. I like to use everyday objects and activities to talk about global issues.

What are your impressions of Fukuoka so far?
Well, I’ve come to Fukuoka straight from Aomori, where I spent the past month and a half in another residency with a very different atmosphere. It was located in a forest on the hill, so in comparison Fukuoka feels like a real big city! I find in general that Japanese people are polite, which makes you feel comfortable and safe.

Did you know anything about Fukuoka before coming here?
I had heard that it was hot, that’s it! And a friend had told me about the street food, so I’m looking forward to trying that.

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mehreenmurtaza

Mehreen Murtaza メヘリーン・ムルターザ (Pakistan)
Born in Saudi Arabia, Mehreen is a Pakistani female artist, who is new-generation Sci-fi enthusiast. Mehreen finally unveils her large art project, which she has been working on, in collaboration with the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum at FT5. http://mehreenmurtaza.com

メヘリーン・ムルターザ《フーバ・フーバ(未来派風に食べるシリーズ)》Mehreen Murtaza Fuva Fuva (Tastes like Futurism) 2011年

メヘリーン・ムルターザ《フーバ・フーバ(未来派風に食べるシリーズ)》Mehreen Murtaza Fuva Fuva (Tastes like Futurism) 2011年

Tell us about your participation in the upcoming 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale?
I’m really excited! I’ve got a big commissioned project which I’ve been working on in collaboration with the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum for some time now. It’s very ambitious. Also under construction is a performance piece. I will also be showing digital prints that relate to futurism – portrait photos about the future of consumption.

And what are you looking forward to at this Triennale?
I’m looking forward to seeing so much Southeast Asian and South Asian art under one roof. I’m ready to see lots of art.

What medium/s do you work in?
Future technologies. I work in the future/digital realm.

What are the common themes in your art?
Science fiction, but I prefer terming it as speculative fiction. Most of my work so far has been a hybrid of organized religion, superstitions, myths and digital culture

What are your impressions of Fukuoka so far?
I feel like I’ve been plonked into a TV show! I’ve been interested in Japanese culture for some time, and being here is fulfilling all of my expectations.

Did you know anything about Fukuoka before coming here?
Apart from the Museum, I didn’t really know anything before coming here. But being interested in science fiction, I’m interested in Robo Square.

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agichen
Agi Chen チェン・イージエ (Taiwan)
Agi Chen lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan where she works in digital graphics, paintings and animations. In the mixed-media project “United Islands”, Agi transforms famous cartoon characters into concentric circles (or “color wheels”), based on requests from participants online. http://agichen-united-islands.com 

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チェン・イージエ(陳怡潔) [ミニー・ザ・ミンクスの同心円肖像画] .jpg

Tell us about your participation in the upcoming 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale?
“United Islands” is a combination of my different projects in the “Function Color” series of works. I’ve been collecting data from participants on the web page of “United Islands”, relating to how colors recall our memories. I re-made cartoon characters’ colors in wheels. On the web page, people can send requests for my works made from their favorite cartoon characters. After collecting the data, I will select the Top 50 most popular characters from participants, and make rotary portraits based on these 50 characters’ colors using a rotating painting machine.

And what are you looking forward to at this Triennale?
I’m looking forward to seeing the requests and responses from Japanese public. Because most of the requests I receive from Taiwanese participants are for cartoon characters from Japan and the US, since we don’t have our own animation, cartoon or manga industry in Taiwan. So, I want to find out what are the popular characters in Japan. Also, I hope to get more participants to join my work and relate to each other through the colors of cartoon characters, building up communication from collective memories.

What medium/s do you work in?
Digital graphics, paintings and animations.

What are the common themes in your art?
Remaking the collective memory through colors of cartoon characters.

What are your impressions of Fukuoka so far?
Very relaxed. The food is very delicious – it’s different from the Japanese food in Taiwan. For example the ramen tastes different. There are less ingredients in the ramen here, but it is great.

Did you know anything about Fukuoka before coming here?
Yes, I had heard about the railway system. My family is planning to visit FT5 in September, so we did some research on how to enjoy Fukuoka. We found that there are so many types of special trains for adventure, and hot springs also seem very popular.

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FUKUOKA TRIENNALE TICKET GIVEAWAY
The Fukuoka Asian Art Museum is giving Fukuoka Now readers the chance to attend the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2014 for free! We’re giving away 5x pairs of “1-day Pass” tickets online. To enter the draw, all you have to do is apply through this form: http://bit.ly/JhlS3W before 9/11 (Thu.) Winners will be notified by email and must pick up their tickets from the FN office in Tenjin. Sign up now!

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Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2014
• 9/6 (Sat.) ~ 11/30 (Sun.)
• Fukuoka Asian Art Museum and its vicinity
• “One-day pass” Adult ¥1,500 (¥1,000) HS/ University students ¥1,000 (¥500), JHS and under free / “Free pass” Adult ¥2,000 (¥1,500) HS/ University students ¥1,500 (¥1,000), JHS and under free. Note: *() shows a price for an advance ticket or an individual in a group of 20 or more
http://fukuokatriennale.ajibi.jp/index_en.php

[Participating Artists]
Haider Ali Jan, Pakistan
Mehreen Murtaza, Pakistan
Prabhakar Pachpute, India
Ratheesh T., India
Rohini Devasher, India
Pradeep Thalawatta, Sri Lanka
Sunil Sigdel, Nepal
Dechen Roder, Bhutan
Pema Tshering, Bhutan
Kabir Ahmed Masum Chisty, Bangladesh
Zihan Karim, Bangladesh
Min Thein Sung, Myanmar
The Maw Naing, Myanmar
Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Thailand
Sherman Ong, Malaysia
PHUNK, Singapore
Bounpaul Phothyzan, Laos
Anida Yoeu Ali, Cambodia
Studio Revolt, Sugano Masahiro, Kosal Khiev, Cambodia
Nguyen Trinh Thi, Vietnam
Phan Quang, Vietnam
Prilla Tania, Indonesia
Muhammad Alinormin Hj Omarali, Brunei
Kiri Dalena, Philippines
Lkhagvadorj Enkhbat, Mongolia
Nandin-Erdene Budzagd, Mongolia
Bu Hua, China
Lu Yang, China
Yang Yongliang, China
Agi Chen, Taiwan
Yuan Goang-ming, Taiwan
Choi Jeonghwa, Korea
Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho, Korea
WATAGATA Arts Network, Japan (Fukuoka)
anno lab, Japan (Fukuoka)
Yoshinaga Koutaku, Japan (Fukuoka)

Special Section “New Era of Mongolian Paintings”
Gerelkhuu Ganbold
Enkhbaataryn Naidandorj
Tamir Sharav
Angaragsuren Odkhuu
Khongorzul Lkhagvajav
Odbayar Gandorji
Urjinkhand Onon
Uuriintuya Dagvasambuu
Baasanjav Choijiljav
Nyamkhuu Baatar

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