Exhibition Introduction by the Group
Based on the concept, “What if Tohoku were an independent state?” we set up a Tohoku “Regional State” museum inside Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. The earthquake and tsunami disaster striking eastern Japan in 2011 showed clearly the relationship between the nation’s central authority and its regions, something only dimly visible before, and presented an opportunity to re-examine the culture and creeds passed down in the Tohoku region since ancient times. In this rich land, we are trying show Tohoku as an ideal community, self-sufficient in food and energy: a “Regional State” of which you might be a citizen.
Group & Participating Artists * representative
Is it possible “TOHOKU-GA”?
KAWAI, Nanako., KOZAKI, Masatake., SAITO, Keisuke., TADA, Sayaka., MISE, Natsunosuke*., WATANABE, Aya., etc.
Team：yama no e, Suigenkyo, Hakobune, Hibi-oriori, Yama no Tsukuribito, Onsen-Ga, Chi no Uta, Dendera-jin,
Curation：ISHIHARA, Yo*., HISAMATSU, Tomoko*
The Tohoku University of Art and Design tutorial “Is it possible ‘TOHOKU-GA’?” embarked on activities in 2009. Activities are conducted primarily by MISE Natsunosuke, KOZAKI Masatake, and other students and graduates of Tohoku University of Art and Design. The group takes Yamagata as a base in conducting artist residencies in locations such as Kitakata and Aomori, and holding art shows in Tokyo and Kyoto, as well as in Tohoku. Group members gathering from throughout the nation are actively holding discussions and seeking ways to express Tohoku’s many aspects.