• Jason Khoh

Still Alive - Aichi Triennale 2022 (Jul 30 - Oct 10) Aichi Arts Center


On Friday 29 July, I had the good fortune to be part of a private tour of ‘Still Alive’ the 2022 rendition of the Aichi Triennale, one of Japan’s biggest international art festivals, a day before its official launch. The tour was lead by Mami Kataoka, Artistic Director of Aichi Triennale 2022 (and the Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo since 2003). Participants included Hideaki Omura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture; Takeo Obayashi, Chairperson of Aichi Triennial Organizing Committtee; and Kyoko Hattori, Regional Director, Japan of Phillips.

The exhibition was spread across several floors of the Aichi Arts Center, not far from the iconic Nagoya TV Tower. You’d need a good half a day at least to view all the art on display - there are a lot of thought-provoking works on display. However, as I was part of a guided tour, it was difficult to fully absorb and appreciate most of the installations introduced.

I can say, however, that I was mighty impressed by UK artist, Kate Cooper, who created a video from CGI entitled ‘Untitled (After Somatic Aliasing)’ (see video below). The work used computer generated x-ray images of a woman combined with eerie foley sound effects. Another intriguing piece was the mixed-media installation, ‘Squirrel Ways: Thickness of Borders’ by Japanese artist, Aki Sasamoto, who is also part of the artwork as she moves freely (and seemingly quite randomly) within the installation itself (see video above).

I must also commend Artistic Director, Kataoka san, for her excellent in-depth analysis of all the works she proudly showcased throughout the tour. Her ability to keep the group engaged from start to finish is a testament to her deep understanding of art and her captivating story-telling nous.

Still Alive is currently on exhibition until Monday 10 October. If you’re a fan of contemporary art it’d be well worth your time to check it out.


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