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Koyuki Kazahaya

Apr 2018 to Jun 2018
1987 °Japan, woont en werkt in Brussel

Koyuki Kazahaya is invited for a residency of three months at AIR_Frankfurt within the framework of the annual exchange between AIR Antwerpen and AIR_Frankfurt.

The main themes in the work of Koyuki Kazahaya are memories, sequences and trails in the images attached to specific locations. Koyuki Kazahaya seeks locations that have been transformed by human activity and abandoned after natural resources were depleted or a disaster happened. She is interested in how those landscapes are rebuilt by humans and how they evolve through time reflecting a confrontation between humanity and nature and furthermore involving elements such as cultural identity, memories or aesthetical evolution.  Koyuki Kazahaya makes her own documentation visiting those places and developing a relationship with them, for this she combines traditional techniques such as drawing, painting or printmaking with new media like photograph, video, animation and sound. Responding to the 2011 Fukushima disaster Koyuki Kazahaya created the project ‘Silent city’ from 2012 until today. The project is about the emptiness she experienced from 2011 to this day in Fukushima, a place that is still in ruins.

Koyuki Kazahaya was invited for the following solo exhibitions (a selection): traces de memoire, Le Salon d'Art, Brussels, 2018; Transient Landscapes, Atelier Jaques Gorus, 2016; Silent City, Galleria Aoneko, Tokyo, 2015; Time Machine, Gallery Seibundo, Kanagawa, 2012; The borderline of black and white, Gallery Parada, Tokyo, 2011. Her works were shown in the following group exhibitions (a selection): In de Wind, Cultuurcentrum Strombeek, Strombeek, 2018; Koyuki Kazahaya and Rafael Rodriguez, Au fond du bois, Tervuren, 2017; Galerie Akie Arichi, Paris, 2017; EUtopia, CC Strombeek, Strombeek, 2016; Transitions - Memories and Trails, Cité Internationale des Arts, 2016; In praise of waves, Workspace Brussels, 2016.