Lisson Gallery artists participate in 2017 edition of the Yokohama Triennale
15 August 2017The six iteration of the Yokohama Triennale, which carries the theme of 'Islands, Constellations and Galapagos', continues in Japan until 5 November 2017. Featuring approximately 40 artists, the exhibition takes place across four venues in the city: the Yokohama Museum of Art, the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 1, the Minatomirai subway station and the Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall.
At first glance, the Triennale may appear like an aggregation of small solo exhibitions by a tightly selected group of artists, with many showing multiple works to give visitors a deeper understanding of individual artists' creative worlds, yet upon closer inspection, a common thread can be identified throughout the entire presentation on issues surrounding connectivity and isolation.
Participants include artists who consistently address issues with their own unique methods and carry out activities that transcend existing frameworks and concepts, as well as collaborations among artists and projects that address pressing social issues from an artistic point of view. Ai Weiwei's work Reframe, which was presented at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence last year, will adorn the exterior of the Yokohama Museum of Art, while artist duo Broomberg & Chanarin draw inspiration from Sigmund Freud's iconic couch, from which they, together with a police forensic team, gathered DNA samples, strands of hair and dust particles to create large woven tapestries. Wael Shawky presents the final film in his critically acclaimed trilogy Cabaret Crusades, which recalls accounts of the Crusades from an Arab perspective, and Christian Jankowski debuts a new performance and installation, titled Massage Masters, which invokes relationships between the human body and public sculpture.