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Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale

29 April – 13 November 2022

Venue: Echigo-Tsumari region
Tokamachi City + Tsunan Town, Niigata Prefecture, Japan

General Director: Fram Kitagawa

The 8th Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale (ETAT) is being held until November 13th, after a one-year postponement due to the COVID 19 pandemic. It takes place over seven months instead of the 50-day session in summer as was standard for previous editions.

ETAT was initiated in 2000 with the aim of employing art as a means to revitalize depopulated, aging communities that were facing declining local strengths. Over the 22 years that have passed since, many national and international artists have participated in the festival in collaboration with local residents and various supporters. ETAT has thus attracted worldwide attention as a pioneering project for "regional development through art." The fundamental principle that has always been defended, "human beings are a part of nature," has taken on even more significance in the midst of the pandemic, and people are increasingly seeking to travel around to this region to discover its climate and local culture, guided by art.

For this edition, 333 works by 263 participants from 38 countries and regions are exhibited within an area of 760 square kilometers, with 95 artists from 13 countries and regions having created new works.

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Monument of Tolerance
© Photo: Nakamura Osamu, courtesy of ETAT

This time, the festival takes place against the backdrop of the eternal question: can “art” transcend the state?” It is symbolic that the “Monument of Tolerance” by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, who were born in Ukraine as part of the former Soviet Union and now live in the United States, was created in Echigo-Tsumari at the end of last year. At the first Art Festival, Kabakov created a work titled “Rice Field” that has become a landmark of ETAT, and on this occasion, six new works have been realized in Echigo-Tsumari under the title, "Kabakov's Dream." In addition, Zhanna Kadyrova, who evacuated from Kyiv to a mountain village, presented the work “Palianytsia”(meaning “bread”in Ukrainian), that serves a symbol of peace. In addition, Russian artist Ekaterina Muromtseva's solo exhibition, "Women in black against the war" has been held until August 21st. Many participating artists live in countries and regions experiencing severe political conditions, crackdowns, and poverty. Now, we take a moment to listen to the voices of these artists living in our present age.

At the Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, which was renamed MonET (Museum on Echigo-Tsumari), new works by Nawa Kohei, Nicolas Darrot, Mé and others are permanently installed, and a series of small exhibitions are being organized in memory of the participating artists who in recent years passed away, including Jean-Luc Vilmouth, Jimmie Durham, Christian Boltanski and Hossein Valamanesh. During the summer session, a fog sculpture by Nakaya Fujiko appears at Leandro Erlich’s pond “Palimpsest,” where Min Tanaka will present a dance performance.

The last work Boltanski envisioned during his lifetime for this festival is also exhibited in the forest. He participated in ETAT from the first edition, and had expressed much fondness for Echigo-Tsumari. His permanent work “Last Class” (produced in collaboration with Jean Kalman) will serve as the setting for a performance by Japanese dancer Mirai Moriyama.

The organizers welcome visitors to come and enjoy Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2022 along with various events amidst the beauty of the changing seasons.

(From press information)

Organizer, contact:

Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale Executive Committee

Co-organizer: NPO Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Collaborative Organisation
Chairman: Sekiguchi Yoshifumi (Mayor of Tokamachi City)
Co-chairman: Kuwahara Haruka (Mayor of Tsunan Town)
Honorary Chairman: Hanazumi Hideyo (Governor of Niigata Prefecture)
General Producer: Fukutake Soichiro (Chairman of Fukutake Foundation/Honorary Advisor of Benesse Holdings)
General Director: Kitagawa Fram (Art Director)
Creative Director: Sato Taku (Graphic Designer)
Leader of Official Supporters: Takashima Kohey (Representative Director, CEO, Oisix ra daichi Inc.)

NPO Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Collaborative Organisation
c/o Museum on Echigo-Tsumari (MonET)
6-1-72-1 Honmachi, Tokamachi-city, Niigata 948-0003
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From press information.
© Cover photo on top: Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Monument of Tolerance
Based on a photo by Nakamura Osamu, courtesy of ETAT

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