Yokohama Triennale 2020 "Afterglow"
The Yokohama Triennale, an international contemporary art exhibition, has been held every three years since 2001, introducing the new concepts and ideas that are shaping culture through a broad range of works by international established and emerging artists, Here, Yokohama engages with the world and contributes to the exchange of ideas and understanding.
Yokohama Triennale 2020, its 7th edition, will be led by Raqs Media Collective, a collective of three artists based in New Delhi, India, as its artistic director. Under Raqs Media Collective’s direction, it will take the artists and co-travelers on a journey through time and space.
The title of Yokohama Triennale 2020 is “Afterglow,” a word chosen by Raqs Media Collective to reference how, in our everyday lives, we unknowingly experience the residues of light sparked at the beginning of our time, as in the case of how the “white noise” on our analog televisions included fragments of cosmic microwave background radiation left over from the cosmic Big Bang. By referring to the Big Bang’s destructive energy that propelled creativity and over time, gave birth to life on this planet, and its radiation that is toxic as well as therapeutic, Raqs Media Collective takes interest in the cycle of destruction/toxicity and recovery/care in the human activities of the contemporary age. Together with the artists, audience, and others, Raqs Media Collective will explore ways to co-exist with toxicity for human sustenance and survival in this world in flux, rather than eliminate it.
“Afterglow” will consist of both an exhibition, and “Episodōs,” or a series of events that illuminate moments of deliberation. The“Episodōs” will begin in November 2019 in Yokohama, prior to the exhibition that opens in July 2020, and unfold in locations both inside and outside of Japan. In addition, Raqs Media Collective will share its sources for its deliberation through a Sourcebook, to expand its views and visions toward the world at large.
Raqs Media Collective was formed in 1992 by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. The word ‘raqs’ in several languages denotes an intensification of awareness and presence attained by whirling, turning, being in a state of revolution. Raqs Media Collective takes this sense of ‘kinetic contemplation’ so as to make a restless and energetic entanglement with the world, and with time. Raqs practices across several forms and media; it makes art, produces performances, writes, curates exhibitions, and occupies a unique position at the intersection of contemporary art, philosophical speculation, and historical enquiry. The members of Raqs Media Collective live and work in New Delhi, India. In 2001, they co-founded the Sarai program at CSDS (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies) New Delhi and ran it for a decade, where they also edited the Sarai Reader series. Yokohama Triennale 2020 will be held from July 3 to October 11, 2020.
|Dates||July 3(Fri.) - October 11(Sun.), 2020
|Closed||Thursdays *except July 23, August 13, and October 8
|Main Venues||Yokohama Museum of Art
|Organizers||City of Yokohama,
Yokohama Arts Foundation,
Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK),
The Asahi Shimbun,
Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale
■Yokohama Museum of Art （3-4-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 220-0012, Japan）
From Minatomirai Station on the Minatomirai Line which links with the Tokyu Toyoko Line: 3 minutes walk from Exit No. 3 via Grand Galleria in MARK IS Minatomirai, or 5 minutes walk from the Exit for MARK IS (the exit opens at 10:00 a.m.). From Sakuragicho Station on the JR and on the Yokohama Municipal Subway: 10 minutes walk via the moving sidewalk.
■PLOT 48 （4-3-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 220-0012, Japan ／Minato Mirai ２１Central District Block 48)
From Shin-takashima Station on the Minatomirai Line which links with the Tokyu Toyoko Line: 7 minutes walk from Exit No. 2. From Takashimacho Station on the Yokohama Municipal Subway: 9 minutes walk from Exit No. 2.