Atsushi Mizutani, Christoffer Billebo, Giulia Cairone, Karl Patric Näsman, Naomi Shigeta, Sandra Leandersson, Syuta Mitomo, Tove Dreiman, Yuko Tsuchiya, Yumiko Shiozaki
Curator of the exhibition is Ellen Klintenberg Gedda.
Poster: Aron Kullander-Östling
(overview of 木漏れ日 / Mångata with works by Giulia Cairone, Naomi Shigeta and Karl Patric Näsman)
木漏れ日 / Mångata* presents works by ten artists: Five of them from Japan, five of them from Sweden. They are all working with different types of international projects and cultural exchange as a part of their various artistic practices. The collaboration between them was initiated in 2017 and have resulted in a series of three exhibitions in Stockholm and Tokyo. 木漏れ日 / Mångata is the third and last one.**
During the last turn of the century, the visual arts in Japan made a great impact on the kind of national romantic aesthetics in Sweden that is known trough, for example, Carl Larsson. However, for those Sweidsh artists, often inspired by Japanese woodcuts (ukiyo-e), Japan usually remained a romantic and exotic fantasy. The core of this particular project, and generally when it comes to international exchange between artists today, is to create relationships, to share experiences, contexts, places and ideas.
It is said that the Swedish and Japanese people share some aesthetic values, that they have common collective preferences when it comes to color, shape and material. One of the works included in 木漏れ日 / Mångata raises questions about such common taste in relationship to femininity and sensuality. Other works might give the viewer vague ideas about vague thoughts and things, some are about trying to become one with a place. Several of the works show traces of motion, such as a body in geographical movement and/or hands occupied by work.
This year celebrates 150 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Sweden.
木漏れ日 / Mångata is happy to participate in the celebration with nominal support from the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo.
*The title of the exhibition is composed of two words, both unique for their language. 木漏れ日 (‘komorebi’) describes the visual phenomena of sunlight filtered through the crown of a leafy tree, whilst ‘mångata’ describes the moon’s reflection on a dark water.
**February 15-18 this year, the exhibition Let’s go! Let us go! was arranged to support the project. It presented works by Christoffer Billebo, Giulia Cairone, Karl Patric Näsman och Tove Dreiman. A month later these artists showed new works together with works by Atsushi Mizutani, Naomi Shigeta, Syuta Mitomo och Yuko Tsuchiya under the title Mångata / 木漏れ日. The exhibition took place at Art Lab AKIBA in Tokyo March 21 – 31, 2018.