＜Open Call Project SOCIAL DIVE＞
This exhibition presents an installation work related to the horse, an animal that has played a key role in the development of human history, including transportation and warfare.
Many remains can be found in Tokyo that show how we have lived in the company of horses, particularly in relation to the hero Taira no Masakado, who excelled at fighting on horseback. More than 100 legends exist today, left by those who were attracted to the way he helped the weak and defied the strong in order to save the impoverished.
Born in Soma City in Fukushima Prefecture, where the lineage of Taira no Masakado is still alive, Miki Momma has been interviewing and painting contemporary equestrians. For the biennale, the artist will use the method of traditional ink painting to create almost life sized installations of herds of horses galloping through indoor and outdoor spaces across various sites.
The work will create an opportunity to relive the natural villages that once existed in the downtown area, and the scene of heroes galloping with their horses into the wild.
Special cooperation: Inari Kio Shrine, Kanda Shrine (Kanda Myoujin),
Cooperation (art materials): Turner Colour Works Ltd.
(As of March 2021)
1: Heishomon sent toward the river in battle, crosses a wave created by the Big Dipper and Northern Star, the artwork recreates the legendary victory. It is said he battled along the lower reaches of the Tonegawa River that flows close to the venue. Photo by Shinya Kogure
2: “The horse that crosses the river from 1,000 years ago” 2017, Sendai Mediatheque, Photo by Tsutomu Koiwa
3: “Route 99 months” 2019, Arts Maebashi, Cooperation: Turner Colour Works Ltd. Photo by Shinya Kogure
Miki Momma (Artist)
Born in Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture, in 1981. In 2005, she graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Tokyo Zokei University, where she majored in painting. From 2005 to 2007, she went to China to study at the China Academy of Art and the China Central Academy of Fine Art. During her stay, she travelled throughout China while continuing to produce work before returning to Japan. In 2013, she resumed her creative activities, which had been disrupted by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Until spring of this year (2020), she had continued to travel back and forth every month between Tokyo and Soma City where the railway is closed in order to circumvent the nuclear power plant while continuing her work. Major exhibitions include “Welcome, Stranger, to this Place” (The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, 2021), “Cyg Select 2020” (Cyg Art Gallery, 2020), “Open Studio 2019” (Art Factory Jonanjima, 2019), “The Ongoing Dialogue” (Yokohama Civic Art Gallery, 2019), “Art Meets 06 MOMMA Miki/yang 02” (Arts Maebashi, 2019), “AVAT×Turnaround Exchange Exhibition” (FreeS Art Space, 2019), “Open Studio 2018” (Art Factory Jonanjima, 2018), “VOCA2018” (The Ueno Royal Museum, 2018), “Nice To Meet You ARTECHNIK” (Sendai Mediatheque, 2017), “The Kabukicho Art Project” (front of Inari Kio Shrine, 2016), “The Art Works After 3.11. Fukushima” (Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art, 2016), and solo exhibition “Route” (Gallery Natsuka, 2015). She won the Grand Prize in the Acryl Gouache Biennale 2018.