Koki Tanaka / Pernod Ricard Fellowship 2017
In residency in March, September and October 2017
Artist Koki Tanaka (1975, Tochigi, Japan) lives and works in Kyoto, where he graduated from the Tokyo Zokei University. His versatile art practice includes video, photography, site-specific installation and interventional projects. Koki Tanaka visualizes and reveals the multiple contexts latent in the most simple everyday acts. His recent projects document behaviors that people unconsciously exhibit once confronted to unusual situations, such as being given a haircut by nine stylists or hearing a same piano played by five pianists simultaneously. Koki Tanaka intends to reverse the perception of the things we tend to overlook in everyday life.
Koki Tanaka has shown widely in international institutions such as the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), VanAbbe Museum (Eindhoven), the ICA (London), the Taipei Biennial 2006 (Taipei), the Gwangju Biennial 2008 (Gwangju), the Liverpool Biennal 2016 (Liverpool), the Japan pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale. He received a special mention for his national participation at the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013, and the 2015 Deutsche bank artist of the year award.
- Workshop #1 « 1946–52 Occupation Era, and 1970 Between Man and Matter », December 6 – 7, 2014, Action, workshop, and video documentation, Courtesy of the artist
STATEMENT OF INTENT
“My friend — a Brazilian artist based in Paris — brought me to a restaurant in Belleville some time ago. We ate cassoulet. It was French cuisine but the owner was a Japanese lady. I was somehow interested in how she ended up there. While we chatted, she showed me an old black-and-white photograph of the place. She said it was taken in the 1940s. The place used to be like a general store. As you know, Paris was occupied by the Nazis from 1940 to 1944. My friend mentioned this place might have been one of the spot where the Resistance gathered back then. Or it might even have been a place where Nazi collaborators got together. But a resistance group was based in Belleville and they had an underground print workshop nearby the restaurant, so it could really be that.
The story ends here. No more information. However I’m curious about the ambiguity and the open-end of this short story. I went to eat cassoulet cooked by a Japanese chef, and eventually encountered History. Past is in the present."