Shino Yanai's art practice draws on traumatic historical events to critique the power of the state and the aesthetics of nationalism.
In her performance piece 'Blue Passages' (2016), she traces the final footsteps of German Jewish philosopher Walter Benjamin as he tried to escape the Nazis. Appearing with an Olympic torch, like a ghost from a Leni Riefenstahl film, Yanai makes the arduous journey across the Pyrenees to the border-town of Portbouｰthe site of Benjamin's suicide. The multi-screen presentation of this performance is a meditation on death, reflecting on the inexorability of history and the toxicity of state propaganda.
Shino Yanai is an artist who creates installation using performance, video, photography and sound.
She graduated from the Royal College of Art (MA Photography, Distinction, 2016ｰ18) where she won the Photography Prize (judged by Sarah McCrory, Director, Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art).
Selected exhibitions and performances include: 'Now You See Me', Louvre Museum, Paris (2017), 'Blue Passages', White Conduit Projects, London (2016), 'Brave New Worldｰ Re-enchanting Utopia', Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori (2013), 'What We See', The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2013).
She Has received various awards and prizes, including a fellowship of Overseas Study Programme for Artists, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (2017ｰ18), and a grant from the POLA Art Foundation (2014ｰ15).
Speakers：Yoshihiko Mouri × Shino Yanai
Date：Saturday, March 2, 2019
Time：18:00 ｰ 19:30
Venue：3331 Arts Chiyoda, Room 306
Fee：￥1,000 (price includes drinks)
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