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Group Show | Carrefour / Treffpunkt | Stuttgart

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

Vernissage:
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

Performance | The Aesthetics of Duality

Peace & Power, 2013, Megumi Matsubara

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)

Joint Lecture | Blindness and Dreams

Blindness and Dreams / Joint Lecture : Megumi Matsubara & Kenneth Brown

BLINDNESS AND DREAMS
JOINT LECTURE: MEGUMI MATSUBARA & KENNETH BROWN

What do you see when you close your eyes? How far can your eyes see? And what about when you dream?
The American Language Center & Arabic Language Institute in Fez is pleased to organize a joint presentation by artist Megumi Matsubara and scholar Kenneth Brown, who will speak about their understanding of blindness and dreams. Sharing the itineraries of their practice and research in Morocco and within Islamic cultures, they will consider the relation between memory and internal vision. Drawing upon poetry, imagery and history, they will also touch upon the worlds of Taha Husayn, Najib Mahfouz, Jorge Luis Borges, Junichiro Tanizaki or Henry Corbin within such themes.

Date: Saturday, 28 Feb, 2015
Time: 4:30 — 6:30 PM

Place: Auditorium of the American Language Center Annex
Address: 22 Rue Mohamed Diouri, Fes Ville Nouvelle, Morocco

Admission: Free
Language: English (with a summary in Arabic as needed)

 

MEGUMI MATSUBARA is a Japanese artist whose practice spans from static architecture to ephemeral situations, including installation, sound, photography and text. She reconfigures existing environments and composes spatial narratives to question the balance between presence and absence. Matsubara, originally from Tokyo, studied in Tokyo and London, and has lived and worked between Fès and Tokyo since 2012. In 2015, she opened a year-long solo exhibition in Fès held in multiple places throughout the year.

While she was a student at the University of Tokyo, Matsubara co-established the interdisciplinary architecture firm Assistant with architect Hiroi Ariyama, of which she has been director and founding member since 2002. She is a grant recipient of Agency for Cultural Affairs Japan (2013-2014), Pola Art Foundation (2012-2013), Japan Foundation (2009), Nomura Foundation (2008), among others, for her practices abroad, and two-year winner of the Exploratory IT Human Resources Project Grant: MITOH Program (2002-2004) for her socio-psychological project. Her work in Morocco includes four solo shows in Marrakech and Fès: THE BLIND DREAM (Douiria Mouassine, 2014), WALK STRAIGHT (Voice Gallery, 2014), RÊVEURS RÊVE RÊVES (La Maision de La Photographie de Marrakech, 2012), UNE CHAMBRE ROUGE (Musée Batha, 6th Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie de Fès, 2012), as well as VOID/BETWEEN (Theatre Royale, Marrakech Biennale 4, 2012).

 

KENNETH BROWN, originally from Los Angeles, lives in Marseille. He has been director and founding editor of the biannual review Mediterraneans/Méditerranéennes since 1991. Formerly professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester (U.K.), Fellow of the Committee for the Comparative Study of New Nations, and Research Associate in the Middle East Center and the Department of History, University of Chicago, visiting professor in Paris at the C.N.R.S and E.H.E.S.S., at the Universities of California, Berkeley, Utah, and Arizona, as well as Fulbright Professor at the University of Dakar, Senegal. He studied at the University of Chicago and completed his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at U.C.L.A in 1969.

He has carried out extensive research in the Maghreb—in the city of Salé and in the Berber-speaking area of the Souss in Morocco, and in the town of Ksibet El Mediouni in Tunisia, as well as in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He is the author of over fifty articles and several books, including “People of Salé: The Social History of a Moroccan City (1830-1930),” Harvard University Press (Cambridge, Mass. 1976; French version, “Les Gens de Salé,” EDDIF, Casablanca 2001), “Journey Through a Labyrinthe: Israel-Palestine,” a photographic essay with Jean Mohr (U. of Penn Press, 1981) and the SHUR Report for the E.U. on human rights in Israel and the OPT (Paris 2008). His latest book, as editor, is “L’Iraq de la crise au chaos: Chroniques d’une invasion,” IBIS (Paris 2004).

 

*For more information, media inquiries, please contact (in English, Arabic, or French)
Coordinator: +212 6 59 66 15 02, alifphotoclub@gmail.com

 

 

 

Lecture | Wind and Lightness

Wind and Lightness
Lecture by Megumi Matsubara

18:00-19:00 (40min lecture + 20min Q&A)
Thu 5 Feb 2015
Cinema Room, ESAV Marrakech

How do you know there is wind? Do you see it, or do you feel it? And if the wind is small?
Megumi Matsubara will speak about relationships between image and space, and how they create memory. She will present films and photographs to introduce her works in public space as well as her current interdisciplinary theater project, and open the discussion with public.

Artist Talk | The Tale

Megumi Matsubara’s current solo exhibition at Voice Gallery “WALK STRAIGHT”
is now extended through the end of October.

Friday 3 October h. 19:00
Artist talk at Voice Gallery

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MEGUMI MATSUBARA “THE TALE”

Megumi Matsubara works individually as an artist and collectively as an architect through Assistant, an international & interdisciplinary design practice that she co-founded with Hiroi Ariyama in 2002. Based on an architectural approach and inspired by urban environments, she composes spatial narratives combining the use of diverse media such as installation, sound, photography and texts. Through constantly rearranging the existing environments, her works challenge the balance between presence/absence.

Megumi Matsubara lives and works in Japan and Morocco.
In the beginning of 2012 Megumi Matsubara came to Morocco for the first time. Since then, the artist has shown eclectic artistic practices within the country.
Her first work in Morocco; Void/Between, was a site-specific installation for the main opera hall of Theatre Royale, for Marrakech Biennale 4. In Summer 2012, Rêveurs Rêve Rêves, inspired by her encounter with the blind children in Marrakech, was shown as the myriad architectural interventions at La Maison de La Photographie de Marrakech that included light installations, postcards, and an imagery work entitled A proposal for a textbook to learn Braille, English, and other languages, developed from the conversations and workshops with the children.
Continuing her subject of blindness and dreams, she presented Une Chambre Rouge; a work dedicated to Fès Medina, during the 6th edition of Rencontres Internationales de la Photo de Fès in December 2012. In Spring 2014, her solo exhibition The Blind Dream took place at Douiria Mouassine; a 400-year old historic architecture in Marrakech, on the occasion of Marrakech Biennale 5.

Currently, Megumi Matsubara is based between Fès and Tokyo. Her most recent work includes an ongoing series of books from her own publishing house Published by Anamnesis, established in Fès in 2014. Shaped around her words and images at its point of departure, the project engages eloquent individuals; writers, editors, translators, designers, printers, from East and West, South and North. Following the first book “The Tale of the Japanese and the Mosquito” presented in Spring 2014, “The Tale of the Japanese and the Garden” will be presented this Autumn.
During the evening at Voice Gallery, Megumi Matsubara will talk about this current book project, and will introduce the trajectory that led her to conceive the project. The talk will encompass the artist’s personal narratives behind her previously developed works; the invisible quality that is consistently embedded in her work.

Reading & Talk at YCAM Korogaru Pavilion

Celebrating the return of YCAM’s Korogaru Pavilion: media park for children designed by Assistant (Megumi Matsubara & Hiroi Ariyama) with YCAM educational team in 2013, Megumi Matsubara reads her book “The Tale of the Japanese and the Mosquito” within the pavilion. The reading is followed by an artist talk moderated by Tsubasa Nishi (Assistant curator, YCAM).

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The Tale of the Japanese and the Garden at Festival des musiques sacrées

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Rencontre avec MEGUMI MATSUBARA et YUKO HASEGAWA
à la 20ème édition du Festival des musiques sacrées de Fès

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The Tale of the Japanese and the Garden

/ Performance by Megumi Matsubara & Lecture by Yuko Hasegawa at Jnan Sbil Garden

Japanese artist Megumi Matsubara will give a reading of her upcoming book The Tale of the Japanese and the Garden: second volume to be published from a series of 8 stories written by the artist. The first volume The Tale of the Japanese and the Mosquito was published in March 2014. Following the performance, leading Japanese curator and art critic Yuko Hasegawa (chief curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo) will talk about Art and Public Space especially in the field of sound art that bridges local music traditions with contemporary practices, introducing examples from the 11th Sharjah Biennale in UAE in 2013 where she served as a curator. The event will include a conversation exchange with all.

 

LIBRAIRIE DES COLONNES, RENCONTRE AVEC L’ARTISTE MEGUMI MATSUBARA

 

Exhibition – Book signing – Reading with music by Megumi Matsubara (language: Japanese/English) at Librairie des Colonnes bookstore

Exposition – Signature – Lecture poétique sonorisée par Megumi Matsubara (langue: japonais/anglais) à Librairie des Colonnes

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Megumi Matsubara reads her work The Tale of the Japanese and the Mosquito. The reading will be followed by a presentation of her other titles including A proposal for a textbook to learn Braille, English, and other languages. She will introduce the details and structures behind those titles, exhibiting her related works in the store of Librairie des Colonnes.

Hosted by: Simon-Pierre Hamelin (director, Librairie des Colonnes)

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