About the Exhibition
From Here to There is Japan Society's first online project initiated as a testing ground for artistic practice, dialogue, and production. Within the extraordinary context of 2020, this dynamic platform presents a new series of disciplinary intersections and encounters that span drawing, film, performance, and photography.
Informed by the present cultural conditions, From Here to There introduces new online commissions by three contemporary artists, Nobutaka Aozaki (New York), Hanako Murakami (Paris), and Aki Sasamoto (New York), whose projects reckon with time, place, and context. Unfolding over the exhibition’s run of four months, each project takes its own direction through its respective medium, and attempts to collapse the distinctions particularly resonant today: isolation/community; physical/digital.
An evolving exhibition website consisting of films, ephemera, performance videos, photographs, sound, and texts provides living documentation for each in-progress work, with monthly website updates accumulating new materials. A bi-weekly series of live programs includes performances, talks, and demonstrations with the artists. The exhibition website and related programming underscore the durational nature of From Here to There, exploring the diverse potential and possible rhythms of engaging with the artworks.
From Here to There is curated by Yukie Kamiya, Gallery Director, and Tiffany Lambert, Assistant Curator, and is organized by Japan Society.
Nobutaka Aozaki (b. 1977, Kagoshima, Japan) lives and works in New York. Recent exhibitions include Futuro Modular, Rachel Uffner, New York (2019); In Practice: Another Echo, SculptureCenter, New York (2018); Indigeneity, Stack, Sovereignty, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New York (2017); Transportation, International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York (2016); There is no Alternative, SPIKE, Berlin (2015); Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum (2014); and Queens International 2013, Queens Museum (2013). His residencies include the Queens Museum Studio Program, Queens Museum, New York (2014-2016) and Artist Alliance Inc, New York (2017). He has been awarded the Artist Files Grant, A Blade of Grass Foundation (2013), and the Artists’ Fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts (2015). Aozaki holds an MFA from Hunter College.
Photography by Tomoya Miura
Hanako Murakami (b. 1984, Tokyo, Japan) lives and works in Paris. Murakami holds a Bachelor of Literature from the University of Tokyo and an MA in new media from Tokyo University of the Arts. A recipient of grants from the Pola Art Foundation, Murakami produces her works using in-depth research of historical media, such as alternative photographic techniques. Past major exhibitions include ANTICAMERA (OF THE EYE), Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo (2016); The Capital Room: Beyond Three Dimensional Logical Pictures: Hanako Murakami, Gallery αM, Tokyo (2015); Panorama 17, Le Fresnoy, Studio National d’Art Contemporain (2015); Practice of Everyday Life, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (2011); Tokyo Story, Tokyo Wonder Site (2010); and Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Niigata (2009).
Photography by Yusuke Shimura
Aki Sasamoto (b. 1980, Kanagawa, Japan) is a New York-based artist working in performance, dance, installation, and video who is currently teaching at Yale School of Art's Sculpture Department. She has had solo exhibitions and performances at Danspace Project, New York (2020); The Kitchen, New York (2017); SculptureCenter, Long Island City (2016); and the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson (2012). Sasamoto has been included in biennials and group exhibitions at the Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Russia (2019); the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan (2018); Shanghai Biennial, China (2016); Gwangju Biennial, Korea (2012); and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2010).
Photography by Takehiro Ikezawa
From Here to There is supported, in part, by The New York Community Trust.
Exhibitions and Arts & Culture Lecture Programs at Japan Society are made possible, in part, by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund, the Mary Griggs Burke Endowment Fund established by the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation, Raphael and Jane Bernstein, Friends of Gallery, and anonymous donors. Support for Arts & Culture Lecture Programs is provided, in part, by the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund.
Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Gallery.