Autonomous Island @ 東京藝術大学大学美術館 / Autonomous Island @ The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts


Autonomous Island






Autonomous Island

Audio in English, Photographs, Printed Fabric, Texts in English, Handout Text in Japanese
Illustration by Koto Fujii in dialogue with Aki Nagasaka
Audio Editing by Luisa Puterman

The work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art of Bologna.

The work revolves around a story set in a remote island, which was cut off from a country’s capital territory because of a financial crisis and became an autonomous island. The story is told by an islander from a first-person perspective, and it tells how islanders realized inequality and violence that had long underlain between the central and peripheral relationship and found their sense of belonging in the process of making ties with other living and non-living beings and reconnecting with their ancestors’ wisdoms for everyday life in the island. While the work takes a form of ethnographical display some researcher created based on his/her research in the autonomous island, it is an imaginary story the artist created based on her research in the Tokyo metropolitan area in 2018-2019. The use of fiction shows her intention to give voices to often-considered as marginalized beings, question the capitalistic and human-centered contemporary society, and create space to imagine possible choices we can make for the future.

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