Yu Araki “Temple of Templet”
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A new video installation explores the theme of “authenticity,” taking as its subject the Parthenon, which exists both in America’s southern regional city of Nashville and Greece’s capital Athens. Nashville, where Araki spent his adolescence, is known for its full-scale replica of the Parthenon. Nashville’s Parthenon was built for the Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition in 1897 under the influence of Neoclassicism that was, at the time, taking the Western world by storm. 100 years later, it became the venue for the exhibition in which Araki presented his work for the first time.
For Araki, Nashville is tied to his relationship with his American family which he lived with for an extended period and also his memories of discrimination and prejudice against Asians that he experienced during his self-forming years. Amidst facing challenges that could not easily be overcome, such as his struggles of adapting to a foreign culture and facing the limitations of language, Nashville was also the place where the artist rediscovered the possibilities of art. For this work, Araki will begin his journey from Nashville’s Parthenon and make his way to the original Greek temple in Athens with the question of what determines authenticity. Here, essential themes for the artist such as “original and reproduction,” “dissemination and mistranslation,” and “East and West” are woven together with the extensive history surrounding the Parthenon and presented as a single narrative.
Venue: Art Gallery 1, Café Ogurayama
from February 26, 2016 to April 03, 2016
Exhibition Hours: Art Gallery 1 - 11:00-18:00, Cafe Ogurayama - 10:45-18:00