Artist and art curator Akane Nakamori and visual artist Margret Wibmer have been developing participatory performantive works together from a shared interest in rituals and traditions. New projects are developed each year.

 

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Akane Nakamori

 

Akane is the founding director of Suisei-Art which is an art space that introduces the works of contemporary Asian and international artists through exhibitions, lectures and collaborative projects with partners in Asia, Europe and the United States of America. It stimulates cross cultural and interdisciplinary collaboration between visual artists, dancers, musicians, historians and other experts in Japanese culture and traditions. Suisei-Art collaborates with art historian Hitoshi Mori and his private library Sankibunko which houses more than 20.000 books on visual arts, design and art history. Both organizations are located in the same building, a traditional Japanese house which also includes an artist in residence.

 

 

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photograph: Suisei-Art

 

Akane Nakamori and Margret Wibmer met when both lived in New York City in the 1980ies. After Akane returned to Kanazawa and Margret settled in Amsterdam (NL) they have worked together on several projects. The first larger scale collaboration took place in 2010 titled ‘the girl and her object – linking international artists Vol. 1: Margret Wibmer and Kiyomi Yamashita’ when Akane Nakamori and Art Gummi Gallery invited Margret Wibmer to collaborate with Butoh Dancer Kiyomi Yamashita, musician Minowa Norihito and Mori Norihiro (sound engineering and computer programming; Modrillo Studio). In 2012 Akane Nakamori founded Suisei-art, promoting Japanese art and culture and Margret Wibmer set up the arts and cultural alliance Mbassy Unlimited. This creates a good base for continuous collaborative activities, deepening cultural understanding and stimulating professional exchange between artists.
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artgummi-perforamnce_3814preparations for the exhibition at Art Gummi Gallery in Kanazawa, 2010; interactive installation with 50 antique radios from the collection of Mr. Yamazaki. Wibmer’s installation served as ‘playground’ for contemporary dancer Kiyomi Yamashita.

[ With Akane Nakamori, Minowa Norihito, Norihiro Mori and others. ]

 

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 All photographs by Margret Wibmer unless mentioned otherwise.

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