Vol. 1 Tatsuo Miyajima, Gaku Kurokawa, Anri Yanase

Bold × ACK Talks “Living Freely” vol.1 Speakers’ Biographies

Tatsuo Miyajima (Artist)
Finished his graduate study at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1986. Received international attention after being invited to Venice Biennale in 1988 as a young emerging artist and exhibiting work with digital figures. Has held many exhibitions since then, both in Japan and internationally. Has exhibited work in over 250 locations in 30 countries. Won first prize in the University of Geneva’s competition in 1997. Won the 5th Japan Contemporary Art Promotion Award in 1998. Won the 71st Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts in 2021. Was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the Arts London in 1998. Was the vice principal of Tohoku University of Art & Design from 2006-2016. Was the vice principal of Kyoto University of Art and Design from 2012-2016. Masterpieces include Mega Death, and other. Also involved in activities where children from around the world grow saplings from a persimmon tree which survived the atomic blast in Nagasaki: the “Tokino Soseki” Kaki Tree Project and the “Sea of Time – TOHOKU”.

Gaku Kurokawa (Artist)
Born in Shimane Prefecture in 1994. Kurokawa graduated from the Department of Musical Creativity and the Environment, Faculty of Music at the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2016 and from the Department of Sculpture, the Graduate School of Arts at the Kyoto City University of Arts in 2018. He focuses on the relationship between things, the environment, and bodies, creating works of sculpture, performance, installation, etc. His recent exhibitions include “Voices of Kamegame (Tokoname Jars)” (Art Lab Aichi, 2021), “In the Inner Part of Yuba Factory” (Senmaruya Kyoto, 2021), “New Mutation #3” (Kyoto Art Center, 2020).

Anri Yanase (Artist)
Taking the events in my immediate environment as points of departure, I’ve created works of art as a response to these events. I want to value the importance of reacting to things without pretending to know it all. “New Mutation” Kyoto Art Center (2020), “Gallery selection: Photographs” Gallery Koyanagi (2020), “Kyoto Art for Tomorrow 2020” The Museum of Kyoto (2020), “Gallery selection: Video works” Gallery Koyanagi (2019), “Where We Now Stand—In Order to Map the Future[1]” 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (2019), “Heroes and People in the Japanese Contemporary Art” Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art (2019)


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