Asialink at the 2016 Setouchi Triennale, Japan

Setouchi Triennale participants, Naomi Eller, Joanna Bosse and Adam LiawImage: Setouchi Triennale participants, Naomi Eller, Joanna Bosse and Adam Liaw

Joanna Bosse (VIC), Naomi Eller (VIC), Adam Liaw (NSW)

Asialink will represent Australia at the 2016 Fukutake House Asia Art Platform, Setouchi Triennale, with six other arts residency centres from the Asian region. Based in a Japanese region experiencing economic decline and an aging population, the triennale uses art for social change in a multidisciplinary approach that combines art, food, architecture and nature.

Australian based curator Joanna Bosse and visual artist Naomi Eller will present a site specific project to coincide with the official Summer festival to launch on  18 July. Sarah Bond, Asialink’s Director of Visual Arts, says “This is an amazing opportunity for an Australian curator and artist to develop a targeted project for Japan that will contribute to the ongoing regeneration of the Setouchi region, while representing current Australian art practice”.

Responding to the festival theme of globalisation, Joanna and Naomi will collaborate with the local Fukuda community to present an exhibition of ceramics, granite and collage works that consider local histories, materials and the Shodoshima island landscape.

Projects will continue to roll out in 2016, when Australian chef Adam Liaw travels to the region. Well-known in Australia and Japan, Adam will work with Fukuda locals in a series of workshops featuring Modern Australian cuisine made from local ingredients sourced on the island. His workshop recipes will be offered at a community-run Ryue Nishizawa designed restaurant for the duration of the Triennale.

Since its inception in 2010, the festival has not only been highly successful in attracting large audiences, but has also been responsible for an increase in residents moving back to affected areas.


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Louise Joel