Last Updated:Dec 8, 2009

Entering No Man’s Land

An extraordinary project sees the old French Embassy in Tokyo transformed.

Through the gates, Nicolas Buffe's 'Arche'
Through the gates, Nicolas Buffe's 'Arche'
Photo: Katrina Grigg-Saito

Jef Aérosol's figures make a lovely repetition, showing up on various surfaces
Jef Aérosol's figures make a lovely repetition, showing up on various surfaces
Photo: Katrina Grigg-Saito

Photo: Katrina Grigg-Saito

More Jef Aérosol
More Jef Aérosol
Photo: Katrina Grigg-Saito

Tokyo Metro to Paris Metro
Tokyo Metro to Paris Metro
Photo: Katrina Grigg-Saito

Fashion students take over the second floor
Fashion students take over the second floor
Photo: Katrina Grigg-Saito

Choose your artist
Choose your artist
Photo: Katrina Grigg-Saito

Mathieu Grialou
Mathieu Grialou
Photo: Katrina Grigg-Saito
Chairs in stairs, Kimio Tsuchiya APT (Tadayuki Tahara, Kohsuke Kimura)
Chairs in stairs, Kimio Tsuchiya APT (Tadayuki Tahara, Kohsuke Kimura)
Photo: Katrina Grigg-Saito

Monsieur Chat's Cat takes over the wall
Monsieur Chat's Cat takes over the wall
Photo: Katrina Grigg-Saito

Speedy Graphito covers the walls
Speedy Graphito covers the walls
Photo: Katrina Grigg-Saito

Takashi Nakajima's tree 'the Beautiful, the Ugly' will grow over the course of the exhibit to take over the office space
Takashi Nakajima's tree 'the Beautiful, the Ugly' will grow over the course of the exhibit to take over the office space
Photo: Katrina Grigg-Saito

More Speedy Graphito
More Speedy Graphito
Photo: Katrina Grigg-Saito

From the window, Lucille Reyboz and Hitomi Fujiwara wrap trees and photograph them
From the window, Lucille Reyboz and Hitomi Fujiwara wrap trees and photograph them
Photo: Katrina Grigg-Saito

Manika Nagare invites you to sew projects from old fabric while she sketches you
Manika Nagare invites you to sew projects from old fabric while she sketches you
Photo: Katrina Grigg-Saito

Still at work
Still at work
Photo: Katrina Grigg-Saito

Photo: Katrina Grigg-Saito

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Katrina Grigg-Saito

Katrina Grigg-Saito

Born in Boston, but with her first memories of Hawaii, Katrina Toshiko Grigg-Saito arrived in Tokyo in December of 2007. She received her Master's from Boston University as an Earhart Fellow in Journalism and Sociology. Her work was on societal views of multi-racial identification, and took radio form in a piece she wrote and produced for <a href="http://www.npr.org/">NPR</a>. From 2005-2006 she was a member of <a href="http://www.uniondocs.org/">UnionDocs</a> in NYC where she curated, performed, made art, wrote <a href="http://yellowarrow.net/index2.php">yellow arrows</a>, orchestrated performance events and cooked massive dinners. As a dancer and actress she performed a lot, but liked most working as a dancer at the Joyce Soho in NYC on 29 Friends, playing a gang banger at the Huntington, singing at the Volksbühne in Berlin and being a company member/writer for the <a href="http://www.nyneofuturists.org/site/">NY NeoFuturists</a>. Now she writes for <a href="http://www.skirt.com/">Skirt Magazine</a>, <a href="http://www.japantimes.co.jp/">Japan Times</a>, <a href="http://www.metropolis.co.jp/specials/744/744_top.htm">Metropolis</a> and is Vice Editor of this site here.

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