Study group project #1

Retrieving and Revitalizing: From Yurakucho to Yangon

Exhibition Information
April 19 (Wed.)- May 3 (Wed.), 2023  12:00 PM - 6:00 PM  Closed on Mondays

YAU Studio
10F, Yurakucho Building, 1-10-1, Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0006

2023年4月19日(水)-5月3日(水)12:00 PM - 6:00 PM 月曜休み

YAU Studio
〒100-0006 東京都千代田区有楽町1-10-1 有楽町ビル 10F

Co-curators: Sharon Xiaorong Liu, Hanna Hirakawa
Supported by “From Yurakucho to Yangon” Study Group
Graphic Design by Shao Qi
Supported by Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)

主催:シャロン リュー、平河伴菜
後援: 「有楽町からヤンゴンへ」研究会
助成:公益財団法人東京都歴史文化財団 アーツカウンシル東京 [ スタートアップ助成 ]


From Yurakucho to Yangon Study Group

Section 2

Archival Future

The second part of the exhibition features selective research-based contemporary artworks in Japan and Southeast Asia that explore the intersection of past, present, and future. In our exhibition, artists continued exploring the potential of essay film and moving image to find alternative voices from marginalized histories. The combination of research and art allows artists to uncover the less-heard voices from archives, directing our attention towards the thoughts of those who imagined a different future. These artworks are based on research into an individual object or event from colonial archives. Research provides an entry point for viewers to follow artists, departing from the unfulfilled beginning or ending of a historical event or person and arriving at the inner worlds of artists who have thought deeply about this material.


Image Gallery


Aung Myat Htay

Aung is an artist and independent curator. He graduated in 1998 with a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Art & Culture in Yangon. Unrestrained by the choice of mediums, Aung works with photography, moving image, installation, and even participatory art. He has always been interested in the intersection of art and anthropology. Art is a means for Aung to bring to surface his observations of social-cultural phenomena. His works have been shown at various locations in Asia, including Myanm/art Gallery, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and Gwangju Biennale. Besides artistic creations, he is the founder of SOCA alternative art learning program in Myanmar.

アーティスト、インディペンデント・キュレーター。1998年、芸術文化大学ヤンゴン校彫刻学科修了し、BFA(美術学士号)取得。ミャンマーにて、オルタナティブ・アート学習プログラム「SOCA (School of Contemporary Art)」を創設。芸術と人類学の交差をテーマに、写真、動画、インスタレーション、参加型アート作品を制作。テーにとって、アートとは社会や文化の諸現象について表現するための手段である。Myanm/art Gallery、福岡アジア美術館、光州ビエンナーレなど、アジアの美術館や芸術祭へ出展。

“Archival Future” section, Exhibition view: Retrieving and Revitalizing: From Yurakucho to Yangon. Courtesy of Aung Myat Htay. Photo: Hana Yamamoto.
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Riar Rizaldi

Riar Rizaldi works as an artist and filmmaker. Working with moving images and sound, his artistic practice focuses on the relationship between capital and technology, labor and nature, worldviews, genre cinema, and the possibility of theoretical fiction. His works have been shown at international film festivals as well as NTT InterCommunication Center Tokyo, Centre Pompidou Paris, Times Museum Guangzhou, Istanbul Biennial, Venice Architecture Biennale, Biennale Jogja, and National Gallery of Indonesia amongst others. He holds a PhD in Creative Media from City University of Hong Kong.



“Archival Future” section, Exhibition view: Retrieving and Revitalizing: From Yurakucho to Yangon. Courtesy of Riar Rizaldi. Photo: Hana Yamamoto.
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Kai-Chung Lee

Kai-Chung Lee performs artistic research on historiography, ideology and time-transcendence of emotion. Lee works with an archival methodology that extends to interdisciplinary research-based practices - including publishing, critical fabulation, public engagement and archives-making. In 2017, Lee initiated a serial project Displacement, which examines geopolitical affects and the unarchivable entanglement in the colonial matrix of power, migration and material flows in Asia. Lee’s recent exhibitions include ‘Sharjah Biennial 15 (UAE, 2023) and ‘Wandering, Walking’ (Gwangju Asia Culture Center, 2023).

アーティスト。歴史学や社会思想、「時を超える感情」をテーマに研究と実践を行う。主にアーカイブの方法論をもとに制作するが、出版、クリティカル・ファブレーション(周縁化された歴史を主にナラティブを通じて批判的に提示する実践)、地域参与、アーカイブ構築など、領域横断的に活動する。2017年より連続プロジェクト「Displacement」を開始し、地政学と植民地時代の影響、アジアにおける権力・移民・物流のもつれを検証している。最近の展覧会に「シャルジャ・ビエンナーレ15」(UAE、2023年)、「Wandering, Walking」(光州アジア文化センター、2023年)など。

Exhibition view: Retrieving and Revitalizing: From Yurakucho to Yangon. Courtesy of the From Yurakucho to Yangon Study Group. Photo: Sharon Xiaorong Liu.
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