『仮想のコミュニティ・アジア―黄金町バザール2014』出展作品の前で。 作品：ライヤー・ベン《SUGAR CANE LADY PROJECT》2014
How do artists working in Asia connect to everyday life within their own locality? What roles do their artworks play in that specific context?
I believe that relationships between art and everyday life is an important theme for both artists and local communities, and that the possibility of collaboration between the two will become a focus of attention for the evolving art discourse in Asia in the coming years. Our everyday life is set in a situation, not necessarily consistent but rather complex, in which a number of rules and languages circulates and intersects. On the other hand, art operates as a kind of coherent system, which exists in the opposite side of everyday life, and they form a relationship by referring to each other.
“Koganecho Bazaar 2016” will carry out an experiment to verify the ways, in which everyday life and art are connected, by facilitating meetings among artists with different cultural backgrounds and encounters with the community of Koganecho, which stands on the horizon of the life-world in the same way artists do. It is an attempt to re-examine Koganecho in terms of relationships between art and everyday life, and to discover diverse possibilities of Koganecho from the viewpoints of artists.
Director Shingo Yamano
In the Koganecho area, the number of illegal brothels reached about 250 in 2004, which caused move-out of old-established shops and local residents from the area, thus degeneration of living environment was becoming a growing problem for the local communities. Under such situation, Hatsunecho-Koganecho Hinodecho Environmental Cleanup Initiative Committee was formed by local residents in November, 2003, and it has mounted efforts to create safe and secure neighborhood in cooperation with the government, police and universities ever since. As the result, the headquarter of the Kanagawa Police Department implemented “Bye-bye” operation to close the business of illegal brothels. Until today, the police is monitoring the area round-the-clock.
In 2008, in cooperation between Keikyu Corporation and Yokohama City, the arts & cultural studios were built, and the art festival, Koganecho Bazaar 2008 was held with an aim of community development through the arts. Since then, the the Bazaar has been held every year in order to create various significance in the area.
Marking its 9th edition, this year the exhibition is composed of two main components: “Art Project”, in which guest artists present works created from their experiences and understandings of the everyday life in Koganecho, and “Town Project”, which renovates former brothels and rediscover the charms of the area together with the local residents. In addition, the artists based in Koganecho present their works throughout the area and a part of the artists’ studios is open to public. The festival links people and locations in the area, and propose possibilities of community development through the arts.
|Title||Koganecho Bazaar 2016 "Life - World of Asia"|
|Dates||October 1 [Sat], 2016 – November 6 [Sun], 2016|
|Venue||Studios, neighborhood shops, outdoor areas, etc. beneath and along Keikyu Railway, from Hinodecho Station to Koganecho Station|
|Closed on||3rd, 11th, 17th, 24th, 31st October, 2016|
|Admission||Koganecho Bazaar 2016 Passport [valid during entire exhibition period]: Advance ticket:500yen|
※free for high school student and below
|Organized by||NPO Koganecho Area Management Center, The Hatsunecho-Koganecho and Hinodecho Environment Cleanup Initiative Committee|
|Co-organized by||Yokohama City|
|Patronized by||Kanagawa Prefecture / Yokohama Arts Foundation|
|Sponsored by||Keihin Electric Express Railway Co., Ltd. / Asahi Breweries, Ltd. / Asahi Soft Drinks CO. LTD.|
|In Cooperation with||Kanagawa Prefectural Police Department / Kanagawa Prefecture Isezaki Police Station / Yokohama Naka Hojinkai / Hinodecho Neighborhood Association / HatsunechoKoganecho Neighborhood Association / Hatsukoi Shop Association / Kogane¬X Lab. Executive Committee / Yokohama City University / Bamboo Curtain Studio / LUXELAKES・A4 Contemporary Arts Center / ZeroStation / Chiang Mai Art Conversation|
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2016