Saturday, April 8, 2023, 3:00 pm
In conjunction with KANTEN 観展: The Limits of History
Catch the designated full screening of Kyun-Chome’s 60-minute art film, Making a Perfect Donut (2019), followed by Q&A with the curator. Set in Okinawa between 2017 and 2018, Making a Perfect Donut engages with the doubly colonized position of Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost island prefecture that houses 75% of US military bases in Japan as the cornerstone of American military power in the Pacific. The film’s premise is the artists’ proposal to make a “perfect donut” by combining a traditional Okinawan sātā andagi donut and an American donut through the US military fence. The artists document their conversation with Okinawan residents, showcasing a variety of answers that shed light on the complex geopolitical issues facing Okinawa today.
Kyun-Chome is a Japanese artist unit based in Tokyo, made up of Nabuchi (b. 1984, Mito) and Honma Eri (b. 1987, Yokohama). They emerged as an art unit after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, and rose to prominence after winning the 17th Taro Okamoto Art Award in 2014. Kyun-Chome primarily creates video installations set in socially divided regions to highlight what they have referred to as the "core reality" of a particular place or issue. According to the artists, their work aims to blur boundaries and create new associations between tragedy, comedy, and modern faith.