AFTERGLOW: Yokohama Triennale 2020, Kanagawa, Japan
The Yokohama Triennale, an international contemporary art exhibition, has been held every three years since 2001, introducing the new concepts and ideas that are shaping culture through a broad range of works by international established and emerging artists. Here, Yokohama engages with the world and contributes to the exchange of ideas and understanding.
Yokohama Triennale 2020, its 7th edition, will be led by Raqs Media Collective, a collective of three artists based in New Dehli, India, as its artistic director. Under Raqs Media Collective's direction, it will take the artists and co-travelers on a journey through time and space.
The title of Yokohama Triennale 2020 is "AFTERGLOW," a word chosen by Raqs Media Collective to reference how, in our everyday lives, we unknowingly experience the residues of light sparked at the beginning of our time, as in the case of how the "white noise" on our analog televisions included fragments of cosmic microwave background radiation left over from the cosmic Big Bang. By referring to the Big Bang's destructive energy that propelled creativity over time, gave birth to life on this planet, and its radiation that is toxic as well as therapeutic, Raqs Media Collective takes interest in the cycle of destruction/toxicity and recovery/care in the human activities of the contemporary age. Together with the artists, audience, and others, Raqs Media Collective will explore ways to co-exist with toxicity for human sustenace and survival in this world in flux, rather than eliminate it.
"AFTERGLOW" will consist of both an exhibition, and "Episodos," or a series of events that illuminate moments of deliberation. The "Episodos" will begin in November 2019 in Yokohama, prior to the exhibition that opens in July 2020, and unfold in locations both inside and outside of Japan. In addition, Raqs Media Collective will share its sources for its deliberation through a Sourcebook, to expand its views and visions toward the world at large.
About Park Chan-kyong
Born in 1965 in Seoul, Korea. Lives and works in Seoul. Park works primarily with film as an artist and is active also as a writer. Exhibited in this Triennale is his film Belated Bosal, which is inspired by the fact that the names of Indian nuclear tests and Japanese nuclear reactors are derived from Buddhism. In the work he examines the distress caused by nuclear power in society today and associates it with the Buddhist scripture. He held a solo exhibition in the MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2019 at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea. Park was the artistic director of SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul in 2014.