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Public Talk:

The Art of Living

(& Dying) in Japan

Art Gallery NSW

24 April 2021

Kathryn Hunyor, Director, ArtsPeople

The Project
In this new talk developed during Covid, ArtsPeople’s Kathryn Hunyor takes her audience on a personal art journey to trace ‘the full cycle of birth, death and rebirth’ and how this enhances her understanding of contemporary Japanese art.

Exploring important contemporary Japanese artists, collectives and regional projects she has encountered in Japan since the year 2000, Kathryn outlines interesting developments in Japanese society and culture over the past 20 years.

Kathryn delves into the work of major artists including Eikoh Hosoe, Yukinori Yanagi, Yukio Mishima, Rei Naito, Tatsuo Miyajima, Yoshihiro Suda and Hiroshi Fuji; organisations such as 3331 Arts Chiyoda; and regional arts initiatives in Niigata and Naoshima.

From birth-rates and Buddhism, to literature and life-and-death, Kathryn considers how these artists help us to appreciate both traditional and contemporary Japanese art, history and culture.

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