Exhibition of Akiko Abe and Sakura Koretsune “Iki wo Amu”



Voyage – Young Artists Support Program

Exhibition of Akiko Abe and Sakura Koretsune
“Iki wo Amu”

Saturday July 6th through Sunday August 25th, 2019
at the Sugimura Jun Museum of Art (Shiogama City), 30 minutes east of Sendai.

10:00–17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Closed Mondays (except for July 15th and August 12th), July 16th and August 13th
Admission (permanent collection + special exhibition):
• Adults: 500 yen
• University / High school students: 400 yen
• Junior high school students and under: Free
• Discount for museum members and people with special needs.

Groups (20 people or more)
• Adults: 400 yen
• University / High school students: 320 yen
• Junior high school students and under: Free

Contact us:sugimurajun-museum●shiomo.jp(●=@)

Returning for its fifth consecutive year, the Shiogama Sugimura Jun Museum of Art presents Voyage, our annual summer program to support local upcoming contemporary artists.
For 2019, Voyage is delighted to showcase two unique artists of interdisciplinary backgrounds: Akiko Abe and artist Sakura Koretsune. This year’s pair symbolize this year’s theme: Iki wo Amu.
By essence, Iki is meant to express an invisible boundary which we experience with our senses. This so-called threshold is felt when something that we see or hear sparks a certain memory of our past. While Amu renders multiple meanings. By definition, it is mean to compile, or put something together piece by piece.
In context, Amu can also mean to “braid” or “patch” together photographs in a collage in order to seek the threshold between the self and others. It can also mean to “edit” together the stories the relationship between nature and humans in journal narratives and in embroidery.
Together, Iki wo Amu is defined as a gateway to experience our boundaries and feelings which link to our emotions and feelings.
We hope that this exhibition can broaden your perspective towards unique and innovative ways of expression.

About Akiko Abe
Photographer. Born in 1984 in Misato, Miyagi Prefecture. After graduating from Tohoku University of Art and Design’s Film and Media Department in 2007, she has been creating her works in Tokyo.
Abe focuses on the nature of locations where she lives and the landscapes which she sees again and again in her daily life. To get the multifaceted viewpoints of a particular place, she’s been pursuing the new ways of showcasing photographs and its potential to stir emotion, whether in a layered collage or in how they are shown in order.

This exhibition also shows her new works inspired by Sangaku, a wooden tablet dedicated to Shinto shrines, which either contains geometrical puzzles or mathematical solutions.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
Reumnobire (2017) at MUSEE F, Tokyo
Akiko Abe Exhibition – Onshitsu no Niwa (2017) at SARP Sendai, Miyagi
Selected Group Exhibitions
Tokyo Wonder Wall 2012 (2012) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo
Reflection Photo Exhibition (2015) at MUSEE F, Tokyo
The Miyagi Prefecture Art Encouragement Prize,Young Artist Awardee


About Sakura Koretsune
Artist. She was born in 1986 in Kure, Hiroshima. She graduated in 2010 from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, Alaska, U. S. A. with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. In 2017, she earned a Ph.D. in Local Design Studies at the Tohoku University of Art and Design’s Graduate School of Design and Engineering.
Since 2018, she’s been working as an academic researcher at the Center for Northeast Asian Studies in Sendai, Miyagi.
Koretsune is a multidisciplinary artist who produces a variety of art such as handmade journals and embroidery based on her fieldwork and interviews about Alaska and Tohoku’s whaling and fishing cultures.
By giving importance to a variety of perspectives from the memories of local people, her works intend to share with us not only the relationship between whales and humans but also the precious bond between nature and humans,
For this exhibition, she will be exhibiting new works about the narratives focusing on the bones of whales, which continue to remain in the Matsushima Bay Area

Selected Solo Exhibitions
N.E.blood 21: Vol.67 Sakura Koretsune Exhibition (2018) at RIAS ARK MUSEUM OF ART, Miyagi
mend a fray (2018) at Cyg art gallery, Morioka, Iwate
Selected Group Exhibitions
Yamagata Biennale 2018 (2018) at Tohoku University of Art and Design, Yamagata
New “Artists Today” Exhibition 2017 Compilations of Memories and Records (2017) at Yokohama Civic Art Gallery, Kanagawa

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