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30.09 - 27.11.2022

Rirkrit Tiravanija: 'Do we dream under the same sky' Tiravanija named as Artistic Director of Okayama Art Summit 2022

Okayama, Japan
Rirkrit Tiravanija has been named as the artistic director of the Okayama Art Summit 2022, the international exhibition of contemporary art held in the historic city of Okayama every three years.

In his curatorial statement, Tiravanija writes: 
'In the past years, with the 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 would like for the exhibition to refocus our mindset and perspectives.

'With many of these thoughts in mind, I would 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 centre 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.'

As part of 'Do we dream under the same sky', 24 artists and collectives from 12 countries will present works across the city from 30 September to 27 November 2022.

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