February 13 – February 19, 2023
Choube-e (818 Kouzushima-mura, Tokyo)
Based on the island of Kouzushima where the gods of the Izu Islands are said to have gathered, art project HAPPY TURN/Kouzushima aims to engage with people who have diverse connections to the island for mutual learning about the lives, ideas, and ways of thinking of each person. As part of the Artist Program in Kouzushima, in the spring of 2022 artist group Olta was invited to the island and has continued to create works through research into Kouzushima’s history and cultural landscape. “Hyohaku to Henreki” comprises an exhibition and performance showcasing the results of the program, and will be located in “Choube-e,” a vacant house on the island. In this exhibition, inspired by a story about a local belief revering flotsam that washes up on the island as gods, the artists ponder not only the history of Kouzushima, which still boasts unique customs, but also its relationship with other countries across the ocean.
The works, created through a series of interviews with islanders, literature research and by flotsam actually collected from the island, should provide an opportunity to consider the island’s rich natural surroundings, its myths, and relationships between people in terms of connections to island life up to the present day.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Shimaclass Kouzushima (General Incorporated Association)
photo: Kenji Agata