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Yoshinori Niwa

Yoshinori Niwa

Bereich: Video, Performance, Social Practice

Withdrawing Adolf Hitler from a Private Space
2018, Installation and video, Commissioned and produced by steirischer herbst '18, Photo: Mathias Völzke, Courtesy of steirischer herbst

Withdrawing Adolf Hitler from a Private Space
2018, Installation and video, Commissioned and produced by steirischer herbst '18

Paying a Courtesy Call on the Incumbent Mayor by all His Predecessors in History
2016, 9-channel video installation and programmed-LED, Photo: Yasushi Ichikawa

Paying a Courtesy Call on the Incumbent Mayor by all His Predecessors in History
2016, 9-channel video installation and programmed-LED

Paying a Courtesy Call on the Incumbent Mayor by all His Predecessors in History
2016, 9-channel video installation and programmed-LED

Selling the Right to Name a Pile of Garbage
2014, Project and single channel video, Photo: Tetsuo Ito

Selling the Right to Name a Pile of Garbage
2014, Project and single channel video

Celebrating Karl Marx’s birthday with Japanese Communist Party
2013, 9-channel video installation

Proposing to Hold Up Karl Marx to the Japanese Communist Party
2013, 2-channel video installation, Photo: Osamu Watanabe, Courtesy: Mori Art Museum

Looking for Vladimir Lenin at Moscow Apartments
2012, 3-channel video installation

Exchanging between Turkish Lire and Euros in Istanbul Until there is Nothing Left
2011, Single channel video

Tossing socialists in the air in Romania
2010, Single channel video

Going to San Francisco to dispose of my garbage
2006, Single channel video

Transferring puddle A to puddle B
2004, Single channel video

Walk in the Opposite Direction of a Demonstration Parade
2011, Single channel video

Key Facts

Nationalität

Japan

Bereich

Video, Performance, Social Practice

Wohnort

Aichi

Empfehlende Institution

frei_raum Q21 exhibition space

Zeitraum

November 2019 - November 2019

Yoshinori Niwa (JP) is an artist working internationally. His practice takes the form of social interventions realised through performance, video and installation. His works all bear selfexplanatory, sloganlike titles, and are executed primarily on the street and in public spaces, experimenting with actions and propositions exposing the systems of exchange that drive contemporary society. He frequently places himself in unusual situations in order to undermine and expose the emptiness of systems designed to create an illusion of “publicness”.

He has participated several international exhibitions include:
Heimat/Homeland/Tierra (Otazu Foundation, SPAIN, 2019), steirischer herbst’18 (Graz, AUSTRIA, 2018),
Practice of Occupation of the Work (Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, POLAND, 2018),
Imagining Memory: Between Anaesthesia and Amnesia (1335MABINI, Manila, PHILIPPINES, 2018),
That Language Sounds Like A Language (Edel Assanti, London, UK, 2017), MAM screen #5:
Yoshinori Niwa Selected Video Works (Mori Art Museum, JAPAN, 2017), Setouchi Triennale 2016
(Naoshima Island, JAPAN, 2016), Against Name (Minatomachi Art Table, Nagoya, JAPAN, 2016),
OUR BELOVED WORLD (Marugame InokumaGenichiro Contemporary Art Museum, Marugame, JAPAN, 2015),
Forces at Work (Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, Manila, PHILIPPINES, 2014),
Aichi Triennale 2013 (Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya, JAPAN, 2013), Roppongi
Crossing 2013: OUT OF DOUBT (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, JAPAN, 2013), Double Vision:
Contemporary Art From Japan (Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, RUSSIA, Hiafa Museum of
Art, Haifa, ISRAEL, 2012), ReModernologio phase2: Observation and Notation (Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori, JAPAN, 2011),
Transforming puddle A to puddle B (Art in General, NYC, USA , 2009)

His work is included in international collections including
the Otazu Fountain, Spain, the KADIST Foundation, Paris/San Francisco, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum,
Wroclaw, Mori Art Museum and Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo.

He has participated in following residency program:
Hotspring Project (Taipei, TAIWAN, 2014),
1335MABINI Working in Residency (Manila, PHILIPPINES, 2014), Contemporary Art Centre Aomori (Aomori, JAPAN, 2011),
Helsinki International ArtistinResidency Programme (Helsinki, FINLAND, 2010),
TOAH ArtistinResidency Programme, TOU SCENE – Centre for Contemporary Art (Stavanger, NORWAY, 2007),
VENT Live Art Residency, Oxfordshire Visual Arts Development Agency (Oxford, UK, 2005)

Projektinfo

During my residency at Q21, I plan to work on Vienna version of the social practice project “Withdrawing Adolf Hitler from a Private Space” that originally commissioned and produced by steirischer herbst’18. As a public campaign, I offer to dispose of any kinds of unwanted or compromising memorabilia from the fascist era, people can dump those objects into the container installed near by MQ building. The important thing is that you never know the container might be full, or empty, which activates the imagination by playing with the historical and legal condition of privacy in Austria. The result will be shown in the frame of the group exhibition “JAPAN UNLIMITED”, curated by Marcello Farabegoli and Liesa Takagi. The exhibition is schedule to open in September 2019.

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