Art at the Canadian Embassy In Japan

Because of the 150th anniversary of Canada, its Tokyo embassy is hosting a new exhibition

July 06th, 2017
R.B. Reijnen, CD News
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The Canadian Embassy in Japan is hosting an art exhibition from May 18th to July 20th. It includes art by three artists-in-residence of the Quebec Studio in Tokyo, part of a studio residency network developed by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (C.A.L.Q). The exhibition is called “Paysages altérés / Inescapable ground”.


This exhibition features artworks created by Catherine Bolduc, Barbara Claus, and Josée Dubeau. Although these artists share affinities in their artistic approaches, this exhibition focuses on three independent creative processes. Each artist developed her own ideas and created her respective project addressing her perceptions through imaginary landscapes with drawings, images and sculptures. The artworks on display were inspired by each artist’s residency in Tokyo.

Catherine presents drawings from the series “My Life as a Japanese Story,” where she has projected herself as the heroine of a manga into an idealized and fantasmatic Japan. Barbara Claus presents photographic murals from her series “Je suis trou” and “Forante,” as well as from some of her artist books.  Josée Dubeau presents “Meditations.” Its central notion is “time.” The bronze objects provide a momentary glimpse at the transitory state of human beings through the presence of a delicate landscape revealing raw materials in bronze.

This exhibition shows the sharing of culture and inspiration between the two states, with Canadian artist living in Japan for a while. It shows the diverse nature of Canada, especially in the light of the celebration of 150 years of Canada, which has seen Canada do more cultural diplomacy around the world.


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