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Gert Robijns, Yutaka Sone and Rirkrit Tiravanija at Okayama Art Summit 2022

Image: Gert Robijns Reset Mobile , 2022
Okayama Art Summit 2022
Artistic Director: Rirkrit Tiravanija

30 September (Friday) to 27 November (Sunday), 2022 [51 days]

Held in Okayama City once every three years, the Okayama Art Summit is an international exhibition of contemporary art. 
With Rirkrit Tiravanija taking the reins as artistic director, the Okayama Art Summit 2022 brings the artistic touch to various historical and cultural sites near Okayama Castle and Okayama Korakuen Garden for two months from 30 September to 27 November, 2022. 

The event offers visitors the opportunity not only to see exciting exhibits but also to experience the thought processes of the artists, enabling a unique interaction with art that transcends time and space-all from the historic city of Okayama.

DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY, though written out, without the question marking the end of the sentence, is only an opening to an idea.

In the past years, the with Global pandemic and the exertion of White Supremacy tendencies in the US as well as Nationalists Populist in many parts of the global world, I like for the exhibition to refocus our mindset and perspectives.

With many of these thoughts in mind, I like the potential of the next Okayama Art Summit to be focused on peripheral practices by artists whom may share in common their itinerant backgrounds. In itinerant, I mean that most of the artists in this selection are coming from cultural and social back grounds that is diverse. Though they may have their practices and their locations in the center of western artistic hegemony, we could understand that their positioning in that ( western ) hegemony, is based on their identification with positions other than western. That their lives and histories are constructed, in difference, to the west.

The dream here, is to dream in a sky of difference, in a sky of multiplicity, of narratives of representation that is peripheral to the western canon. That the dream is for us ( the participants and the viewer ) to experience representations, which are outside of our normative position. That the dream can open us to stories and lives and ways of thinking, looking, hearing, being, existing beyond the hopes, the aspirations, and dreams that we ourselves are touched by in our daily structures

Okayama Art Summit 2022
Artistic Director
Rirkrit Tiravanija

Rirkrit Tiravanija (Artistic Director), Rasel Ahmed, Art Labor, Wang Bing, Daniel Boyd, Lygia Clark, Abraham Cruzvillegas, ENKU, Ryoji Ikeda, Mari Katayama, My-Linh Le, David Medalla, Asif Mian, Precious Okoyomon, Frida Orupabo, Vandy Rattana, Gert Robijns, Bárbara Sánchez-Kane, Aki Sasamoto, Jacolby Satterwhite, Shimabuku, Yutaka Sone, Untitled Band (Shun Owada and Friends), Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Haegue Yang


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