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Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2024


Feb. 20Mar. 24, 2024

  • Feb. 20Mar. 24, 2024
  • Closed Mondays (except when Monday falls on a holiday, in which case the museum is open and closed the following day)
  • Admission:Free

The Commission Project was launched at the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2023 as a new program of the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, in which artists based in Japan are selected and commissioned to create and exhibit moving-image works as products of the new festival. At the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2024, an exhibition by Yu Araki and Kim Insook, Special Prize winners of the previous edition, will be realized while aligning the exhibition with the overall theme “30 Ways to Go to the Moon.” In addition, as in the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2023, the first screening for the next edition will be held concurrently during the festival, in which a jury of five Japanese and international members with expertise in the field of moving images will select four artists.

Artists [2023 Special Prize winners]
Yu Araki received a B.F.A. in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.A. in Film and New Media Studies from Tokyo University of the Arts. After a frustrating career as an English/Japanese interpreter, he began creating works focusing on the idea of mistranslation.
Taking the fact that the English term “casting” can be used in both a theatrical, cinematic, and sculptural sense, Araki has been exploring the disparities that arise in the process of copying from an original by means of reproduction, reenactment, and reanimation. In 2023, he won the Special Prize in the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2023 Commission Project for Unmasked (Bootleg). In the same year, this work was exhibited again in the group exhibition “Memory Palace in Ruins” at the Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab (C-LAB) in Taipei.

Yu ARAKI, Unmasked (Bootleg), 2023 Photo: INOUE Sayuki

KIM Insook
Born in Osaka, Japan. Kim Insook moved to Korea in 2003 to study abroad. Following residencies in Korea and Germany, she has based herself in Tokyo and Seoul since 2018. Kim undertakes communication-based projects with immigrants and local community members on the themes of everyday life and memories of diverse “individuals,” history, tradition, relationships, and individual identities that exist within a community. In 2008, her solo exhibition “sweet hours” was held at Gwangju Museum of Art in Gwangju, Korea. She has exhibited her works at art festivals and special exhibitions in Japan and abroad, including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Seoul Museum of Art, Mori Art Museum, and Daegu Photo Biennale.

KIM Insook, Eye to Eye, 2023 Photo: ARAI Takaaki

*For more details, please refer to the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions’s official website.

Organized by The Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Tokyo Photographic Art Museum operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture / Nikkei Inc.

*The schedule is subject to change. Any further changes will be announced.