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Absences
Public Program - Nagoya
Artists’ Talk

Saturday, June 30, 2018, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
N-Mark
4 Chome-38 Nagatoicho, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya,
Aichi Prefecture 453-0803, Japan


On the occasion of the opening reception for Absences, artists Chen An An and Atsushi Watanabe will discuss their artistic practices at large and their artworks in the exhibition.

This event is free and open to the public.

Atsushi Watanabe, My wounds/ Your wounds, 2017
The artists will address how their works intersect with the theme of mental illness and how the concept of absence manifests in their work. The individual presentations will conclude with a question and answer session. Attendees are invited to join the opening of the exhibition immediately following the talk.



Chen An An is an artist from Taiwan who works largely with installation art and sculpture. She employs a minimalist conceptual approach to conjure memories and a sense of intimacy. Her works ruminate on queer feelings in relation to the complex webs of identity and society. Her installations evoke a sense of the uncanny and offer possibilities for sanctuary for ambiguous identities.

Atsushi Watanabe is a Japanese artist who explores the experience of emotional scars. His work largely examines the concept of hikikomori, or extreme social withdrawal. Through is work, he aims to highlight the voices of those who are not often heard in society, those who are hurting and often silenced. His work advocates for a society where those who are coping with emotional scars will be listened to and not overlooked.

apexart’s program supporters past and present include The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Buhl Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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