2015 TRIENNALEPosted : November 22, 2014
A renown French artist, Annette Messager visited Echigo-Tsumari.
Annette Messager is known for her artworks made of everydady materials such as pre-loved soft toys and cloths as well as collected objects. She is one of the most active contemporary artists with global presense through her participation in documenta in 2002, Golden Lion awardee in the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005 as well as number of solo exhibitions held at Pompidou Centre (France), MoMA in NY (USA), and Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, Japan).
In preparation for the festival next summer she visited an old minka house in Tanokura village. After going around the house she was obviously impressed by the oldness of the house, picked up a cigarette and said - "this deserves a smoke".
It brought us a smile when she met an old lady next door and tried to shake her hands but hesitated by the old lady saying "my hands are not clean...."
The meeting for local residents was also organised with Fram Kitagawa.
What she felt through the visit to Echigo-Tsumari and how it would influence on her artwork? How this "old" minka house will be transformed?
One another thing to look forward to checking next summer.