An international contemporary art exhibition, Yokohama Triennale has been held once every three years. This year, for its 7th edition, Yokohama Triennale 2020 “Afterglow” welcomes Artistic Directors from abroad for their first time and is directed by Raqs Media Collective, a collective of three artists based in India.
Taking on an exhibition from a different perspective, Raqs Media Collective (hereinafter Raqs), who serves as Artistic Director, shares in the press conference that they have taken a method that starts with multiple open “sources” rather than conceiving an exhibition from a single “theme”. For this reason, to create an opportunity for dialogue, a series of events were held online in a form called “Episōdos” which had already begun in November 2019 prior to the official opening of the Yokohama Triennale 2020. In conjunction with the “Episōdos”, Raqs launched the “Sourcebook”, a print and digital publication which introduced the starting point of their ideas illustrating the way of life and thinking of real people with different eras and cultural background. Which this is basically the “sources” that the Raqs have convened in the process of their curatorial investigation.
Raqs Media Collective photo: Kato Hajime, in courtesy of Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale
The venue for this exhibition is the Yokohama Museum of Art and Plot 48. The exhibitor wishes the visitors to enjoy the artworks with their five senses. Especially at Plot 48, as you walk through, there are more works that are based on more sort of non mainstream cosmology which come together to create a new sensation of thought and body.
There are some artists presenting in Japan for the first time and the whole exhibition itself will be delivered in a unique style that intermittently conducts events called “episōdo” in addition to the exhibitions that specify time and place. Through the exhibition, Raqs encourages individuals to pursue their own curiosities, illuminate life in their own ways, and participate in a world that co-exists with toxicity. As denoted by Raqs in the press conference, “Life, the universe, the world, and the time of each day disintegrates and gets re-constituted through innumerable acts, incrementally rebuilding through luminous care. Broken minutes are mended in the afterglow of time’s toxic debris. Life is a luminous autodidact.”
Episōdos 00 Performance "I'm still alive" SHINTAKU Kanako photo: KATO Hajime, in courtesy of Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale
ARAI Takashi, Multiple Monuments for 1000 Women No.1-10, 2020 Installation view of Yokohama Triennale 2020
The title, “AFTERGLOW”, refers to the residual energy left over from the Big Bang, cosmic microwave background radiation, the very first afterglow. As stated in the official statement, Raqs wanted to explore ways to co-exist with toxicity for human sustenance and survival in this world in flux, rather than eliminate it because they were interested in the cycle of destruction/toxicity and recovery/care in the human activities of the contemporary age “Outline - Yokohama Triennale 2020.” Yokohama Triennale 2020 "AFTERGLOW", www.yokohamatriennale.jp/english/2020/outline/.
KIM Yunchul, Chroma, 2020, Installation view of Yokohama Triennale 2020
SATO Masaharu Dr. Reaper 2018, Installation view of Yokohama Triennale 2020ⓒEstate of Masaharu Sato, Courtesy of KEN NAKAHASHI
Installation of Yokohama Triennale 2020
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, this year, the admissions to the exhibition is date specified plus time slotted. For more ticket information, check