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Aichi Triennale 2016 ‘Homo Faber: A Rainbow Caravan’

Architects of Air 'Pentalum' (2013) photo: Alan Parkinson

Architects of Air
‘Pentalum’ (2013)
photo: Alan Parkinson

Aichi Triennale 2016 opened on August 11. This triennial contemporary art festival is organized under the initiative of Aichi Prefecture and is one of the largest of its kind in Japan.

Held under the theme, Homo Faber: A Rainbow Caravan, the 3rd Aichi Triennale has venues spread across the three cities of Nagoya, Okazaki and Toyohashi, which is home to one of the country’s largest expat Brazilian communities. The number of participating artists (individuals and groups) is the largest in the festival’s history, with 119 artists hailing from 38 countries and regions. Of the 85 artists participating in the visual art section, 66—about 80%—are presenting new works. The festival is off to a good start with over 10,000 visitors (Nagoya, Toyohashi and Okazaki venues combined) attending on the first day.

HATA Satoshi 'Liquids turn into gas by thermal energy, then get cold and turn back into a liquid. That is how it should be.' (2015) Courtesy of the artist

HATA Satoshi
‘Liquids turn into gas by thermal energy, then get cold and turn back into a liquid. That is how it should be.’ (2015)
Courtesy of the artist

On Wednesday, August 10, the eve of the opening, was an opening performance by Dani Lima from Brazil, and a reception attended by nearly 1,500 artists and guests celebrating the start of their 74-day “journey.”

The festival’s film program Play Time! was opened on August 19. Of the 25 participating artists, four are expected to screen works being shown to the Japanese public for the first time ahead of their theater releases.

The festival’s opera production of The Magic Flute will open in mid-September. Expected to start on October 6 is Rainbow Weeks, which will include performances and workshops by ten artists and companies, including Israel Galván and Company DCA led by Philippe Decouflé.

Ishida Takashi 'Burning Chair' (2013) Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery

Ishida Takashi
‘Burning Chair’ (2013)
Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery

Also expected in October is a two-day international symposium inviting experts such as arts festival directors and curators from Japan and abroad, and people involved in the culture and arts of Aichi Prefecture. The symposium aims to introduce external perspectives to explore, in the context of the Aichi Triennale now in its third incarnation, ways of helping arts and culture flourish and take root.

The Aichi Triennale, showcasing both contemporary visual art (international art exhibition, film, and other programs) and stage performances (dance, opera, and more) will run for 74 days until October 23, 2016.

Overview
Aichi Triennale 2016
Homo Faber: A Rainbow Caravan

August 11–October 23, 2016
Artistic Director: Minato Chihiro
Venues: Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya city, Toyohashi city, Okazaki city
Organizer: The Aichi Triennale Organizing Committee

Curator:
Visual arts: Haito Masahiko (Chief Curator; Japan), Daniela Castro (Brazil), Hattori Hiroyuki (Japan), Kanai Tadashi (Japan), Zeynep Öz (Turkey)
Film program: Echigoya Takashi, Hama Haruka
Performing arts: Fujii Akiko, Karatsu Eri
Opera production: Mizuno Manabu

João Modé 'NET Project' Installation view at SESC Barra Mansa, Brazil 2003 photo: João Modé

João Modé
‘NET Project’
Installation view at SESC Barra Mansa, Brazil 2003
photo: João Modé

Artists by country (a total of 38 countries):
Japan (58), USA (8), France (7), Brazil (5), Holland (3), Italy (3), Spain (3), UK (3), China (2), Colombia (2), Cuba (2), Germany (2), India (2), Kirghiz (2), Korea (2), Philippines (2), Taiwan (2), Turkey (2), Argentina (1), Australia (1), Belgium (1), Egypt (1), Indonesia (1), Jordan (1), Lebanon (1), Lithuania (1), Mexico (1), Mongolia (1), Myanmar (1), Palestine (1), Papua New Guinea (1), Singapore (1), Sweden (1), Switzerland (1), Thailand (1), Tunisia (1), UAE (1), Vietnam (1)

www. aichitriennale.jp

Iman Issa 'Heritage Studies #9' Installation view at Iman Issa: Heritage Studies, Pérez Art Museum, Miami, 2015 photo: STUDIO LHOOQ

Iman Issa
‘Heritage Studies #9’
Installation view at Iman Issa: Heritage Studies, Pérez Art Museum, Miami, 2015
photo: STUDIO LHOOQ

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