Programme 1: Imagining Japan
Cultural Arena Gloria, Pieni Roobertinkatu 12, at 9-11 p.m. Durance 85 min. After the films Olaf Möller will discuss with artist Edgar Honetschläger.
Film critic Olaf Möller tells the background story for his selection of films in Programme 1:
“During a dinner party that became the center piece of IHME artist Theaster Gates’ first major exhibition, Plate Convergences (2007), the artist regaled his guests with a story about a Japanese master ceramicist called Yamaguchi Shōji who in the aftermath of WWII settled down in Mississippi and married a black civil rights activist named May. Meeting Yamaguchi, he claimed, had been extremely important for his development as an artist; thing is: There never was a ceramicist called Yamaguchi Shōji. Like so many 20th and 21st century artists before him, Gates considered his own vision and aspirations through an allegory involving East Asia – the Far East, the other side of the world. This program offers a walk through roughly a century of cinema along the idea of “Western” artists imagining Japan.
Take a look Programme 2: Reading Remains.