Friday, 13 October 2017

Yokohama Triennale

This week grade 12 art students took a field trip to the Yokohama Triennale, an international art exhibition that takes place every three years.
They had the opportunity to see art on the themes of isolation and connection by Japanese artists such as Mr. (a member of the Superflat art movement) in addition to internationally known contemporary artists, most notably Ai Weiwei, who makes powerful statements about subjects of global importance through his works.  The facade of the Yokohama Museum of Art is currently part of one of these pieces, which uses rafts and lifejackets washed up on the island of Lesbos, Greece to open a dialogue about the plight of refugees.
Students were encouraged to apply what they were seeing to their own work as well as subjects we have discussed in class, including the way that intellectual property rights apply to the art world.

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