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Mitsunori Sakano Solo Exhibition - VISIBLE BREATH

Mitsunori Sakano Solo Exhibition - VISIBLE BREATH
Period:14th October (Sun) - 4th November (Sun) 2012
Closed:Tuesdays
Hours:12:00-19:00
Admission:Free
Venue:1F Main Gallery B

An age at a crossroads, a story of transformation

Since returning to Japan after his studies in Fine Art in London and joining the management of 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Mitsunori Sakano has continued to pursue his artistic practice. Having produced various projects upon the theme of the handing down of tradition since 2008, his trail has led back to his birthplace of Tsurugi (formerly Tsurugicho), Hakusan city in Ishikawa Prefecture. Renovating a local rice storehouse into a studio and gathering a project team from Tsurugi and beyond, the result of 4 years' work has culminated here in "VISIBLE BREATH".

The local festivals, customs, and culture which pervade everyday life;these elements which have come to saturate our very bodies, and have been naturally accepted - where have they come from? Starting from this question and reaching back into the past, it was during his search for memories of the shaping of the land's culture that he encountered the researcher of folklore Hakuji Muranishi*, bringing a significant impact upon Sakano's creative practice. The stories of this local folklore "researcher" reach beyond Tsurugi to encompass the myths of the whole of Japan, tales of the roots of settlers from overseas, a grand "fiction" taking on a history of several thousand years.

This work, based upon the tales of Muranishi, folklore legends and personal fieldwork, develops a series of stories following through five different ages from the ancient past to the present. Migrant settlers, the spread of the culture of iron production, the changes of a mystic nature; here these stories presented upon 5 screens continue to evolve as they correspond with and at times hail to "present/future". Tsurugi, born of such rich nature, is a trading town which has prospered between the sea and mountains, and which is held sacred in local belief. Customs and culture are inherited, transform and reach beyond time. This 'breath' can be sensed here, and in tracing the trajectory of these workings, the land, people, and time itself builds layer upon layer. And in that breath, woven from a multilayered world, what is it that we imagine, and what form of story shall we continue to tell?

Hakuji Muranishi
Folklore researcher and resident of Tsurugi, Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture. Muranishi is engaged in the research of the Noto peninsula, rich in its colourful continental culture, the local Hakusan beliefs which defined an age, and local ancient history. His pursuits introduce local history, culture, nature, traditions, folklore and industry, engaging in an activity which sets out to activate the area both spiritually and economically.

■Mitsunori Sakano
Born in 1977, Ishikawa Prefecture. Artist, film director. Graduated from the Department of Fine Art, University of East London. Having engaged in the management and production of various film projects and joining the activities of the artist initiative commandN, he also came to be one of the establishing members of 3331 Arts Chiyoda, where he now holds the position of Communications Director. Major solo exhibitions include "BEEP DEEP BEEP" (Project Space KANDADA, Tokyo, 2007). Major group exhibitions include "A Starting Point: Intrude Art & Life 366"(Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, 2008),"Spontaneous Order"(Takuro Someya Contemporary Art、Tokyo, 2010), "- The Ultimate Time Lapse Megamix - NEXTWAVE Festival"(Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia).

■Opening Talk
14th October (Sun) )16:00-17:30
Guest: Meruro Washida(Curator of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa)
Admission:1000 yen(includes 1 drink)
An opening talk to be held by Mitsunori Sakano in conversation with special guest Meruro Washida. Here the discussion will examine the art projects of Tsurugi, the passing down and transformation of its traditional arts, and the production process behind the work in this exhibition while also considering the possibilities of moving image.
Following the talk, a small opening party will be held.

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