The shellfish is ephemeral. Its shell is an allegory of fated death. And a discarded shell can be compared to a body without a soul.
The shellfish is a sculpture. Its surface is engraved with life that is like none other.
The shellfish is reticence. When nervous, it closes tightly, but when happy, it sings.
Araki will premier his new work Bivalvia: Act II (L), 2021 when Sydney Opera House’s Returning launches late April, 2021. Sydney Opera House’s Returning is an online moving image project that draws together artists’ perspectives and responses to the current moment. Set over two chapters, and commissioned with the support of partners, the project spotlights the works of Australian Japanese and Taiwanese artists. Link to come.
Conceived, Edited & Directed by ARAKI Yu
Tacia Hamilton, KOYAMA Yuya, AIHARA Takehiro
Crassostrea gigas, Ylistrum japonicum, Ostrea edulis, Mizuhopecten yessoensis, Mytilus galloprovincialis
Oyster puppet by
TAMURA Namichie, MINO Maika
OKUMURA Yasushi (Japan Underwater Films Co., Ltd.)
SATO Sayaka (Japan Underwater Films Co., Ltd.)
SAKATA Masahiko (Japan Underwater Films Co., Ltd.)
Underwater filming (Australia)
Bo Wang, ARAKI Yu
English text supervision
Dennis van Rooyen
Carl Andreas August Goos, “Orpheus and Eurydice” 1826, oil on canvas, Statens Museum for Kunst
“Orpheus and Eurydice”, circa 1900, Colour process print, after stipple engraving by T. Burke, 1782, after A. Kauffman
“Mokuhachifu”, Musashi Sekijyu, Hattori Sessai, National Diet Library
Hamayuu Marine Service (Oosezaki, Shizuoka), blanClass (Yokohama), Comfort Karaoke UTAZOO (Tokyo), Kushiro Robata (Kushiro), Endeavour Oysters (Sydney, Australia), Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Oesterij BV (Yerseke, the Netherlands), Koninklijke Prins & Dingemanse (Yerseke, the Netherlands)
Special thanks to Anna Orlikowska, Koen de Rooij, Lotte Nijhof, Omar Imam, José Biscaya, Arend Nijkamp, Marco Witteveen, Erik Sannen, Jean Dhooge, Martin van der Sluijs, Pedro de Almeida, Micheal Do, ODAI Mami, SHIMURA Harumi, TANAKA Marina, SADASUE Akiko, HASEGAWA Arata, TAMURA Yoriko, SATOMI Yusuke, SUZUKI Takumi, KOBAYASHI Haruo, ABE Shoko, MUJIN-TO Production
Commissioned by The Japan Foundation
With support from Arts Commission Yokohama, The Sydney Opera House, and The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Curator: KIMURA Eriko
Born in Yamagata Prefecture in 1985. Based in Tokyo. Focusing on cultural transmission, cross-cultural encounters and the possibilities that subsequent misunderstandings and mistranslations afford, Araki generates stories in the gaps between historical events and fantasy, creatively situating them in the present day in videos and installations.
Major recent group exhibitions include “Connections: 150 Years of Modern Art in Japan and France” (Pola Museum of Art, Kanagawa, 2020), “The Island of the Colorblind” (Art Sonje Center, Seoul, 2019), “Future Generation Art Prize” (in which he was a finalist– PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, 2019), “The Way Things Do” (Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, 2017) and “Okayama Art Summit” (Okayama, 2016). A film he co-directed, Mountain Plain Mountain, was selected for the 2018 International Film Festival Rotterdam, where it won the Ammodo Tiger Short Film Award, and he has since been participating in numerous film festivals.