Megumi Matsubara gives a performative talk： reading of her texts followed by an artist talk, and conversation on her work presented at Aichi Triennale including Fossil of Contact: an installation of a new series of ceramics, and A proposal for a textbook to learn Braille, English, an other languages: a series of bronze sculptures, for the opening week of Aichi Triennale International Exhibition.
August 15th 2016, 14h00 – 16h00, Aichi Arts Center 8F Platform
Reading & Talk Megumi Matsubara
Music (Acoustic Braille) Clovis Lemée
Megumi Matsubara is a guest speaker at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2016 for Al Multaqa Literary Salon. In this presentation, she will unfold multiple layers of her project “A proposal for a textbook to learn Braille, English, and other languages” (2012-2015, and beyond), including its states of pottery workshop, bronze sculptures, Graphic Braille, Acoustic Braille.
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
27 April – 3 May, 2016
9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Talk by Megumi Matsubara:
“Seeing Through Eyes”
30 April 2016
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Al Multaqa Literary Salon “We Read”…
It is an invitation to enhance our lives by reading; “We Read”… because each book has its own life; It is a medium which constantly amazes us, and offers different points of view to life. “We Read”… to intensify a whole collection of lives in our lives to make it more diverse, more integral; This is the 26th Edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which is Al Multaqa eighth year of participation in the fair. During these eight years we have hosted numerous authors, artists and other quests in the literary world. Our motto has always been to nourish the culture of our nation in its efforts for future advancement.
Megumi Matsubara reads from her book The Tale of the Japanese and the Mosquito, followed by a talk about her perennial subject: red poppy. The space will be scented with the fragrance of the red poppy field that a prominent Moroccan botanist/aromatherapist produced with Matsubara’s tale as inspiration.
Megumi Matsubara is a Japanese artist who lives and works between Morocco and Japan. She is a guest artist in the city of San Francisco as part of the exhibition ‘SLOW DIALOGUES: Time, Space, and Scale’ guest curated by Slow Research Lab. Her site-specific installation It Is a Garden (2016) is on view at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from April 22 – July 10, 2016.
Megumi Matsubara reads her poem and talks about her new work “Undress”: a space designed to create a fragrance “La Japonaise” composed of eight different scents separately floating in the exhibition space.
The installation was first shown at ifa-Gallery Stuttgart before ifa-Gallery Berlin.
“Undress is a state of nudity characterized by not the eyes of the other, but oneself. How far can we undress: you and me, me and myself?” (Megumi Matsubara)
Reading & Talk Megumi Matsubara
Music Clovis Lemée
Film Ilja Gorbunov
„Undress“ (Ausziehen) Eine Performance von Megumi Matsubara in der Ausstellung
„Carrefour / Treffpunkt“
Die Marrakech Biennale und darüber hinaus
Megumi Matsubara liest ihr Gedicht „Undress“ (Ausziehen) und spricht über ihre letzte, gleichnamige Arbeit: Ein Raum, in dem das von ihr geschaffene Parfum „La Japonaise“ aus acht verschiedenen Düften entsteht, die unabhängig voneinander durch den Ausstellungsraum schweben.
Die Installation wurde erstmalig in der ifa-Galerie Stuttgart gezeigt, anschließend in der ifa-Galerie Berlin.
„Ausziehen ist ein Grad an Nacktheit, der nicht durch die Augen der Anderen, sondern durch jeden selbst charakterisiert wird. Wie weit können wir uns entblößen: Du und ich, ich und ich selbst?“ (Megumi Matsubara)
Lesung und Gespräch Megumi Matsubara
Musik Clovis Lemée
Film Ilja Gorbunov
Carrefour / Treffpunkt / Meeting Point July 17–October 4, 2015
ifa Gallery Berlin, ifa (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) Linienstrasse 139/140
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 14–18h
Participating artists: Saâdane Afif, Leila Alaoui, Yassine Balbzioui, Max Boufathal, Megumi Matsubara, Clara Meister and S.T.I.F.F.
Megumi Matsubara presents a new project for this occasion, and will be attending at the opening and artist talk:
CARREFOUR / TREFFPUNKT
Group show at ifa Gallery Stuttgart, Germany
Works by Saâdane Afif, Leila Alaoui, Yassine Balbzioui, Max Boufathal, Megumi Matsubara, Clara Meister
Curated by Alya Sebti
Organized and produced by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
Artists’ and curator’s talk & preview:
6 May 2015, 16.30–18.00
7 May 2015, 19.00–
“Où sommes-nous maintenant? Where are we now? Wo stehen wir heute?” was the title of and question raised by the 5th Marrakech Biennale, whose artistic director, Alya Sebti, also devised the exhibition “Carrefour / Meeting Point” for the ifa Galleries Stuttgart and Berlin.
The title of the ifa exhibition sees Marrakech and the bienniale as a metaphorical centre where different paths cross. Marrakech and the biennale were and still are the interface and meeting point between Sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb. They form a link to Europe, a turntable between north and south and east and west.
Works from the Marrakech Biennale 2014 and projects that were newly developed for “Carrefour / Meeting Point” look at the permeability between public spaces and private realms. The artists Saâdane Afif, Leila Alaoui, Yassine Balbzioui, Max Boufathal, and Clara Meister explore possible ways addressing our vulnerability and our position in the world – in the form of sculptures, installations, sound and video works. Megumi Matsubara developed a new form of exhibition, having a special perfume created for “Carrefour / Meeting Point” by a Moroccan perfumer. In and with these works, the artists create a further new space for encounter, exchange and collaboration.
With the “Spot on …” series, in recent years the ifa Galleries in Stuttgart and Berlin have presented international biennials supported by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen). The aim was to present lesser-known biennials in Germany and also to raise awareness of these international ifa activities.
Saâdane Afif, Leila Alaoui, Megumi Matsubara and Clara Meister present their works; curator Alya Sebti explains the exhibition concept. There will be an opportunity to enjoy an aperitif and talk with the artists and curator. In englischer Sprache / In English
Féminin Pluriel Morocco #20 The Aesthetics of Duality
Megumi Matsubara sets up a one-night installation at Dar Bellarj, and reads “The Tale of the Japanese and the Garden” followed by a conversation with Abdelghani Fennane Music by Clovis Lemée based on Megumi Matsubara’s music score “I imagine it is beautiful”
When you write, are you a writer or a reader?
When you read, are you a reader or a listener?
And which one holds our imagination—or neither?
Japanese artist Megumi Matsubara and Moroccan poet Abdelghani Fennani will both read their texts with Arabic subtitles, and open a dialog about the aesthetics of duality. Exchanging their understandings of multilingualism, exophony, gender, and translation, the two will explore the space of resonance—
(Language: English, French)