Ishu Han “Still There”


poster for Ishu Han “Still There”
[Image: Ishu Han "Quick Response" (2019) video © Ishu Han]

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Ishu Han is a young artist who is attracting considerable attention inside and outside Japan. He earnestly explores doubts and questions that arise in the connection between society and the individual as viewed from the perspective of individuals as large as life, sometimes with a touch of wit. In his works, he uses his own body and everyday objects as well as various media including video, installations, photos, and paintings.

“Quick Response,” a work which Han newly produced for this exhibition, his first solo exhibition in two years, utilizes the technology behind QR codes, which were developed in Japan and experienced an explosive diffusion in China. In it, he converts the data of waves rolling to the shore into black and white pixels, which are then read to produce codes that are used in an attempt to access a different place. This work was inspired by something Han actually saw on a recent visit to Shanghai, where he was born. Specifically, he encountered a sightless man playing the “erhu” (traditional two-stringed fiddle) on the street. Instead of seeking cash donations, the man had a QR code dangling from his neck. Passers-by simply scanned the code with their smartphones to give him a donation.

Technology that rapidly spread as a result of our pursuit of convenience ended up detaching part of the body from the site and creating an absence of body. Witnessing this scene, Han was faced with the time of his own absence due to separation from his hometown along with the flow of the changing times.



from September 07, 2019 to October 05, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-09-07 from 18:00 to 20:00


Ishu Han



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