Encountering the Unknown
 : Singaporean and Japanese Artists' Dialogue with Their Cities
 -Contemporary Art Show Organized by Kyushu University AQA Project Students
  九大生AQAプロジェクトによる現代美術展 わたしの街の知らないところ

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 【 Poster 】

 What characteristics are associated with the special place one refers to as “home city?” No universal definition for “home city” exists, for it does not necessarily suggest one’s birthplace or where one grew up. Some people consider “home city” to be wherever their family resides. Whereas, for others, “home city” simply indicates the bustling downtown area where they may socialize, or the business district to which they commute every day. Indeed, we could say that the phrase “home city” inspires a different memory and imagination in every single one of us. Nonetheless, no matter what specific memories they may entail, we share a certain fundamental definition of “home city”─ a place that provides the deepest sense of peace and belonging.

 Of course, every city has its own personality. The characteristics of a city are shaped by not only its historical events, but also by its cultural traditions and the collective memory of its people. Unfortunately, traditions and memories are aspects of life that are ever-changing and tend to be either overlooked or lost over time. Thus, the familiar features we associate with our “home city” are just a mere fraction of the city in its entirety.

 Every now and then, we may step into an unknown side of our “home city;” either by visiting places we have never explored or by researching the city’s rich cultural heritage. Actively investigating the hidden parts of our neighborhood propels us to reassess the definition of “home city” and our personal connections to cities in general. Ultimately, this process leads to further reflection on our own identities.

 Based on this year’s exhibition theme, we chose several artists from Singapore and Japan. Growing up and working in such a diverse part of the world, these artists have a unique idea of their “home city” and thus, seek to explore the various faces of it. We hope that their artworks will provide a refreshing perspective on the concept of “home city” and that this exhibition serves as a platform for a meaningful discussion on the relationship between people and their cities.

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Information 展覧会情報

Outline of the Exhibition
 Encountering the Unknown: Singaporean and Japanese Artists' Dialogue with Their Cities is organized by the AQA Project and administered by a team of students from the department of aesthetics and art history at the School of Letters of Kyushu University. This exhibition received the support of the Fukuoka City Foundation for Arts and Culture Promotion (FFAC) as the exhibition aims to introduce cutting edge and experimental works in Singaporean and Japanese contemporary art scenes to Fukuoka citizens. The artworks were chosen to be featured based on this year’s exhibition theme. This exhibition is also a part of an outreach initiative of Social Cooperation of the School of Letters, Kyushu University.

 The AQA Project has organized art exhibitions since 2006. The very first exhibition organized was titled, Madonnas of the Philippines, showcased artworks from the permanent collection of Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. Since then, we have curated three art exhibitions under diverse themes; TADAIMA: Looking for Sweet Home: Exhibition of Asian contemporary Art (in cooperation with “The 4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2009”) in 2009, OTONARISAN: The Stranger Next Door: Korean and Japanese Contemporary Art in 2010-11, and Art Today in Taiwan and Japan?fragile reality in 2011-2012.

 Based on the AQA Project’s past exhibition experiences and the field research we conducted on contemporary Singaporean art this year, we strive to curate an exhibition, which is creative and thought provoking. We hope that this year’s exhibition will contribute to the further development of Singaporean and Japanese contemporary art and advance mutual understanding and fruitful cultural exchange between these two countries.

Exhibition TitleEncountering the Unknown: Singaporean and Japanese Artists' Dialogue with Their Cities
-Contemporary Art Show Organized by Kyushu University AQA Project Students
Organized by Fukuoka City/Fukuoka City Foundation for Arts and Culture Promotion (FFAC) /
School of Letters Kyushu University/AQA Project
Supported by LASALLE College of the Arts ( Co-curator, Seng Yu Jin, Lecturer )/Objectifs Films Pte Ltd/
NUS Museum/National Art Gallery, Singapore
 Schedule February 14th(Thu.)-26th(Tue.), 2013 
Openning Hours 10:00-20:00, Closed on February 20th(Wed.)
 VenueFukuoka Asian Art Museum 8F Artist Gallery
3-1 Shimokawabata-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-city Fukuoka, 812-0027 JAPAN
TEL: +81-92-263-1100
Entrance FeeFree

AQA Project
ATTN: Department of Aesthetics and History of Art, School of Letters, Kyushu University>
6-19-1 Hakozaki Higashi-ku Fukuoka-city Fukuoka 812-8581 JAPAN

Faculty in Charge
:USHIROSHOJI Masahiro (後小路雅弘)
 Professor of Humanities, Kyushu University

Event イベント

■ Artist Talk

[Schedule]February 16th(Sat.) 16:00-17:30 [Fee]Free

[Venue]Artist Gallery(Asian Art Museum)

[Guests]Genevieve CHUA(Artist), MORITA Kanako(Artist), YAMASHIRO Chikako(Artist), SENG Yu jin(Co-curator)

■ Openning reception

[Schedule]February 16th(Sat.) 18:00-19:00

■ ARTLIER Lounge Concert

We hold the string quartet by OHYAMA Heiichiro who serves in director and regular conductor of Santa Barbara Orchestra and professional who are active based in Fukuoka.

[Date] Feburuary 18th(Mon.) 18:30-19:30

[Venue] Fukuoka Asian Art Museum 8F Artist Gallery

[Program] Shostakovich “String Quartet No. 8”

[Performer] OHYAMA Kaori, KAKU Yoko, OHYAMA Heiichiro, SHIGEMATSU Keiko

■ Workshop by MORITA Kanako

Participants create little works of art with the artist and “encounter the unkown”.

[Date] February 23rd(Sat.) 14:00-16:00

[Venue] Fukuoka Asian Art Museum 8F Artist Gallery

※A reservation must be made beforehand in order to participate in this event. Please directly contact us by telephone or e-mail using the contact information below.(your name, the number of people and your contact address)

[Applications] Fukuoka City Foundation for Arts and Cultural Promotion
Tel: +81-92-263-6266 Fax: +81-92-263-6259
Mail: plaza@ffac.or.jp

[quota] 20 (order of arrival)

■ Symposium by AQAproject Students

Members of AQA Project make a report of processes of the exhibition and talk about exhibition theme.

[Date] Feburuary 26th(Tue.) 15:00-17:00

[Venue] Fukuoka Asian Art Museum 8F Artist Gallery

[Panelist] ARITA Kaori , OKA Manami, KAWAHARA Ikuno, KOSO Yuko, NONOSHITA Yuma, HOSOISHI Naoki(members of AQAproject)

Artist アーティスト

From Singapore >

BOO Junfeng


(Born in 1983)

Darren SOH


(Born in 1976)

Genevieve CHUA


(Born in 1984)

HO Hui May  


(Born in 1975)

Michael LEE


(Born in 1972)

From Japan


(Born in 1979)



(Born in 1971)



(Born in 1976)