Aiko Miyanaga will perceive positive and negative light in the corridor of Yushima Seido, the former Edo Shogunate building said to be the birthplace of a library. Miyanaga has captured the allure of light through a career of working with glass materials. Here, she will use ancient sanukite rock, an exquisite material that sometimes even creates a beautiful sound. Together with the the chatter of nature and sounds of the city, this installation will guide visitors using light in a space filled with the serenity of greenery one would not expect to find in Tokyo.
Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, The Mitsubishi UFJ Trust Cultural Found
(As of June 2021)
1: ©MIYANAGA Aiko Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery
2: ©MIYANAGA Aiko Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery
3: ©MIYANAGA Aiko Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery、Photo by Keizo Kioku
Aiko Miyanaga (Artist)
Born 1974 in Kyoto. In 2008, Miyanaga completed her graduate courses at Tokyo University of the Arts. She became well known for works that visualize time through traces of presence, such as everyday objects shaped by naphthalene and installations using salt, leaf veins and the sounds of ceramics cracking. Miyanaga was awarded with the 2013 Nissan Art Award Grand Prix. Major solo exhibitions include “between waxing and waning” at Ohara Museum of Art, Yurinso (Okayama, 2017), “MIYANAGA Aiko: NAKASORA –the reason for eternity-” at The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2012), and others.
Photo by MATSUKAGE ©MIYANAGA Aiko Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery
《Praying for Tokyo》
“If the axis of time were turned vertically, there would be a flow from Tokyo’s past to its future. If it were viewed horizontally, there would be an axis showing the connections between people and spaces. Standing at this intersection, we realize our present state of confusion. Without forgetting the tregedies of the past, what can we do today to move toward our future? Let’s start by praying together, with art.” (Kazuko Koike)
Together with three female artists – Rei Naito, Aiko Miyanaga, and Shino Yanai – the project will create “spaces of prayer”, providing requiems of the past from each Tokyo community, that are dedicated to our future.
“I have lived”
The Tokyo air raids on March 10, 1945 are often called the “Shitamachi (downtown) air raids” (the death toll exceeded 100,000). Looking back from the present on the city and people of Tokyo’s past, we pray for the repose of departed souls in a true sense. In other words, we continue to ensure that tragedies are not repeated today. Rei Naito will place her smallest sculpture, “human”, in the gallery Kurenboh in the precincts of Chohouin, a Buddhist Temple in Kuramae, and offer water at the cenotaph in the cemetery. In addition, Naito has created a “human” installation in the air-raid shelter where children were evacuated during the war, as a form of continuous prayer. At these three sites, life responds to itself and inspires us in the present.
Up-and-coming artist Shino Yanai sees the space of Yushima Seido as a place of sound. Yanai’s production studio is located near the Olympic Stadium in London, and her observation of the surrounding environment and human behavior has inspired recent work. “Well-Tempered” is taken from the English name of Bach’s “The Well-tempered Clavier”. In this project, Yanai adopts the word “良律 (pronounced “liáng lǜ”)”, the Chinese translation of “well-tempered”, to create an installation that brings us to consider the meaning of “well-tempered” by overlaying the harmonic tones sought by musicians with the current social situation.
1-4-25 Yushima Bunkyo-ku Tokyo
・2 minutes walk from “Ochanomizu” Station on the JR Chuo Sobu Line.
・2 minutes walk from “Shin Ochanomizu” Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line.
・1 minute walk from “Ochanomizu” Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line.