Friday, July 17, 2009

Miwa Yanagi | Windswept Women | The Old Girls’ Troupe

Representing Japan at the 53rd Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy, is Miwa Yanagi, with her installation entitled Windswept Women: The Old Girls’ Troupe. For this work, Yanagi takes the Japanese Pavilion, built in 1956 and designed by Takamasa Yoshizaka and covers its exterior with a black, membrane-like tent. Inside, Yanagi installs giant 4m high photograph stands containing portraits of women of varied ages. The photographs are presented in ornate decorative frames. The women stand unmoved despite being surrounded by turbulent wind and surreal scenery. In addition to the photographs, Yanagi also presents new video work.
Previous works include "Elevator Girls" and "Grandmothers".

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