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Osaka Directory 6 supported by RICHARD MILLE

KIHARA Yuika

2024-01-27 – 2024-02-25

Summary

Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka and The Kansai Osaka 21st Century Association are pleased to present Osaka Directory 6 supported by RICHARD MILLE: KIHARA Yuika.

Kihara studied photography, and built a practice based on the relationship between place and physical presence. She focused on what are known in Japanese as Unidentified decedent (the bodies of people whose identities are unknown, and thus remain unclaimed), interrogating the ambiguity of human existence.

This exhibition presents new works inspired by anime seichi junrei. The original meaning of seichi junrei is “pilgrimage to a sacred place,” but these days it refers to fans visiting real-life locations that have served as the settings for anime productions. For this new series, Kihara physically visited specific locations where anime characters had “been," creating works that attempt to destabilize the boundaries between fictional existence and the real world.

Information about the Exhibition

DatesJanuary 27 – February 25, 2024
Closed on Mondays (except February 12).
Opening hours10:00 – 17:00
*February 10 – 25 10:00 – 18:00
VenueNakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka 2F Multipurpose space
OrganizersNakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka, The Kansai Osaka 21st Century Association
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Admissionfree
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  • Unidentified decedent2016

  • Unidentified decedent (Vacant lot under Shin-meiji Bridge, 3-1 Nagayoshi Kawabe, Hirano-ku, Osaka)2017
    180.0×50.0cm

  • Unidentified decedent(N34°38’1”E135°6’17”)2019
    Video
    13 minutes

KIHARA YuikaBorn in Osaka in 1995, Kihara enrolled in the doctoral program at Osaka University of Arts Graduate School, obtaining an MFA in 2019. Major exhibitions include Unidentified decedent (INSITU, Aichi, 2023), DAZZLER (Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, 2022), Azamino Photo Annual: Staying Put (Yokohama Civic Art Gallery Azamino, Kanagawa, 2021), Belfast Photo Festival (Belfast, UK, 2019), The Blur in Photographs (Kanazawa Art Gummi, Ishikawa, 2018), A-Lab Artist Gate 2017 (Amalove Art Lab, Hyogo, 2017), and 15th 1_WALL Photography Finalist Exhibition (Guardian Garden, Tokyo, 2016).

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SpeakerKIHARA Yuika
Moderator OSHITA Yuji (Associate Curator, Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka)
Date11:00 – 12:00 on Saturday, January 27, 2024
VenueNakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka 2F Multipurpose space
CapacityApprox. 30 people
AdmissionFree (reservation not required)

About Osaka Directory supported by RICHARD MILLE

Organized jointly by Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka and The Kansai Osaka 21st Century Association, the Osaka Directory series of exhibitions introduces upcoming Kansai-connected artists in a solo exhibition format. Starting from the current year, the annual series will present artists who create new art symbolizing the coming age of the future. The term "directory" is used in IT (Information Technology) to refer to folders and similar structures that are used to organize files. Through this series, Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka stores ‘files’ on promising young artists in the Kansai area in a ‘directory’ from which it can present their work to a wide audience throughout the world and support the launch of their careers on the global scene.