This summer, we launched the touring of ‘Sounds Like Her’ at York Art Gallery. The exhibition features works by Ain Bailey, Sonia Boyce OBE RA, Linda O Keeffe, Christine Sun Kim, Madeleine Mbida and Magda Stawarska-Beavan. It is on until 15 September 2019 and will be followed by the publication of a catalogue with essays by Christine Eyene, Cathy Lane and Salomé Voegelin.
We then took part in the artists/curators critical sessions and discussions at Centrale Fies residencies organised ahead of Live Works Vol. 7, festival of performance art in Dro, Italy.
In Japan, the Aichi Triennale 2019 opened its 4th edition on 1st August. Curated by journalist and activist Daisuke Tsuda, and entitled ‘Taming Y/our Passion’, the triennale proved to be highly socio-politically engaged. A notable position by the curator was to achieve an equal male/female gender parity in artists representation.
Another engaged move was to present Statue of Peace (2011) by Korean artists Kim Seo-kyung and Kim Eun-sung, addressing the uneasy history of ianfu or ‘comfort women’ forced into sexual slavery during World War II. This display was closed after the organising committee received threats by reactionaries against the artwork, which raised concerns with regard to staff and audience safety. Debates around this closure are currently ongoing. The Aichi Triennale in on until 14 October 2019 across multiple venues in Nagoya and Toyota City.
Visiting Japan was also an opportunity to meet up with emerging Moroccan artist Sanae Arraqas at Air 3331, Arts Chiyoda residency programme in Tokyo. After having exhibited at Kulte Gallery (Rabat), Arraqas continues her explorations on alienation, experimenting with a new environment and a variety of textured Japanese papers.
In Morocco, preparations for the 5th Biennale Internationale de Casablanca are in full swing. We’ll be researching the Centre for Contemporary Art’s collection at Ifitry residency (Essaouira region) in view of the next exhibition to be held at the BIC Project Space in Casablanca next autumn. Meanwhile, a new team is being put together and the first list of artists will be announced this September. The 5th Biennale Internationale de Casablanca will take place from 24 September to 1st November 2020.
Cover picture: ‘Sounds Like Her’, York Art Gallery. Photo: Chris Streek.