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Director of the Mori Art Museum since 2006, Nanjo obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Keio University in 1972 and a Bachelor of Arts in Aesthetics from the same institution in 1976. He has worked at the Japan Foundation (1978-1986), been director of ICA Nagoya (1986-1990), and been representative director of Nanjo and Associates (1990-2002, 2014-). He previously served as commissioner of the Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (1997), commissioner of the Taipei Biennale (1998), artistic director of the Yokohama Triennale (2001), and artistic director of the Singapore Biennale (2006, 2008). His connection with Ibaraki Prefecture includes serving as an advisor for the ARCUS Project (1995-) and a member of the Kenpoku Art Festival research committee (2014).
Shikata is a curator and critic of 20th-century art and media art. She is a visiting professor at Tokyo Zokei University and Tama Art University, lecturer at Meiji University and at IAMAS, and director of Media Art Festival AMIT. She holds a degree in English literature from Tsuru University. She has been a curator for Canon ARTLAB (1990-2001), Mori Art Museum (2002-2004), and the NTT InterCommunication Center (2004-2010), and as independently (since 1996) curated many projects and exhibitions such as Media City Seoul 2012 (co-curator) and the Sapporo International Art Festival 2014 (associate curator). Many of her curated works were awarded numerous prizes. She also served as a jury member for media art awards in Japan and abroad, and co-authored many publications.
Kanazawa is an independent curator. She holds a Ph.D. from the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Fine Arts (2001) and completed the Curating Contemporary Art Programme at the RCA (2015). She has served as a curator for the Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto (2001-2006) and Kawasaki City Museum (2006-2013). Her main exhibitions include “YUICHI YOKOYAMA" (Pavillon Blanc, Colomiers, 2014), “CHU ENOKI: ENOKI CHU" (White Rainbow, London, 2015), and “Spectrum: Examining Today, Searching for the Future” (Spiral, Tokyo, 2015).
(From press information)
Title: Sea, Mountains, Art !
17 September - 20 November 2016
Northern Ibaraki Prefecture
Hitachi, Hitachiota, Takahagi,
Kitaibaraki, Hitachiomiya and Daigo
General Director: Fumio Nanjo
(Director, Mori Art Museum)
(Visiting Professor, Tokyo Zokei University and Tama Art University)
More than 80 artists and groups
from Japan and other countries