For 20 years, the Cité internationale des arts in Paris and the Joshibi University of Art and Design in Japan have enjoyed a strong collaboration. To celebrate this anniversary, an exhibition bringing together a group of Japanese women artists is being held at the Cité internationale des arts where all the participating artists completed a residency.
Future Mythology Diaries illustrates the connections that exist between everyday life and the future. While some works are concerned with exchanges between human beings and nature, other projects focus on social and historical issues by questioning traces and memories. Eight women, who are now based in diverse European cities, present a wide variety of pieces: contemporary ceramics, weavings, paintings, installations, photographs and films.
Each space corresponds to a sentence in the artist's diary that is on display. This encourages the visitor to share its author's point of view more closely while inviting them to think about and imagine the future.
Participating artists: Akiko Hoshina, Adoka Niitsu, Orié Inoué, Sanami Kakutani, Aya Takagi, Koko Noguchi, Mayumi Inoue and Shoko Matsuyama.
Joshibi University - Art & Design, Japan
At a time when only men had access to higher education in Japan, Joshibi University was founded in 1900 on the principle of empowering women's independence through the arts and improving their social status by enabling them to become teachers in this domain. Thanks to its Suginami campus, located near Shinjuku in the centre of Tokyo, and the vast Sagamihara campus in Kanagawa, just south of Tokyo, having several ateliers where students can develop their own creative expression, the institution has nurtured many talents, including graphic designers, artists and teachers.
Each year, a graduate student is awarded the Joshibi Paris Prize, which gives them the opportunity to have a residency at the Cité internationale des arts in France. The prize is awarded under the patronage of the Fumiko Ōmura Foundation, which was established in 1999 by Dr Satoshi Ōmura, a biochemist laureate of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, in order to support women artists. Thanks to new substances discovered from micro-organisms present in the soil, Dr Ōmura has cured countless patients. The name of the foundation pays tribute to his wife, Fumiko. During the Future Mythology Diaries exhibition, videos showing the works of previous winners of the prize, who are pursuing their careers in Japan, will be projected, as well as interviews with professors of Joshibi University.