Voice from afar

Open all year / Closed on Tue & Wed except holidays
Photo by Kioku Keizo

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About the artwork

I interviewed local people in 2018 as a part of creating my artwork. As I visited one house to the other in the midst of winter in deep snow, I was always invited to warm up in kotatsu and to have some pickles and a cup of tea. It was so warm and calm to the point that I could even think that I would be allowed to take a nap. I listened their vivid stories from the past, memories of childhood and songs in such atomosphere. It was as if images emerging from each of these intimate and rich memories are projected onto the pure white snow field outside of the window. I have turned such image into a sculpture and created a personal monument in Uwano Community Centre. It seems it would not be possible to make such visits in 2021. The time I engaged with memories has become a memory and I have been pulling these threads to myself. By overlaying distance caused by the spread of COVID-19 with voices I hear from the other side of the river, I am planning to explore the actual state of the image.

 #1 “Time and Space in Echigo-Tsumari”  / Site-Specific Artists in Echigo-Tsumari / Interviewed by Fram Kitagawa

Video Shooting : Yamaoka Nobutaka (Film Director)

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Artwork no. T413
Production year 2021
Opening hours 10:00-17:00 (Last entry 16:30) 
*Opening hours may be shortened during the winter season.
[Permanent exhibition] Adult: ¥1000, U15: ¥500
[Special exhibition (including permanent exhibition) ] Adult: ¥1200, U15: ¥600
(*Depending on the period, Passport for viewing artworks and common tickets may be sold.)
Closed Tue & Wed
*If Tuesday and Wednesday are consecutive holidays, the next business day is closed)
Area Tokamachi
Village MonET
Open dates Open all year / Closed on Tue & Wed except holidays
Venue Museum on Echigo-Tsumari, MonET (6-1, Honcho, Tokamachi-city, Niigata)
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