Thirteen artists and groups in Okinawa to hold exhibition in April in the UK

Thirteen artists and groups in Okinawa to hold exhibition in April in the UK

On February 23, at a press conference held at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office, it was announced that a group exhibition of Okinawan art creators entitled LOOCHOO will be held in London.


February 24, 2012

On February 23, at a press conference held at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office, young art creators active in areas such as design, craft and music in Okinawa announced that they will hold a group exhibition of Okinawan art creators, entitled LOOCHOO, from April 25 to 30 in London. Thirteen groups of artists from Okinawa will create work under the theme of Time/Toki. Representing the now and the future of Okinawan art, they will look to convey aspects of cultural identity that have been passed down through the ages and examples of world-class creativity. The exhibition will be held at the Crypt Gallery, a popular venue for such events in the United Kingdom. Hiromi Tsuha, a modern artist based in London, will act as curator for the project.

At the press conference, designer Taichi Naka explained, “I recruited the artists thinking about this being like them embarking on a trip to introduce Ryukyuan art. I hope that this experience will mark the start of a new era of artistic exchange.”

The following young Okinawan artists will be going to London: textile designer Hiroshi Tanaka, painter Eiten, illustrator pokke104, modern artist Aya Taira, pottery-making unit decco (Moritaka and Satoko Nakamura), glass artist Kyota Matsudo, dancer of Ryukyuan dance Yuko Izena, Musician Group Lacorde (Kenichi Kawamura, Masato Higa) and paper creator Chihiro Furugen. A kick-off event will be held from 7:00pm on February 24 at Club saicoLo in Naha. Also, a free event for families will be held from 11:00am on February 26 at Toyosaki Chura-Sun Beach.

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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