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New Triennial Announced in Saitama, Japan

Darryl Wee reports at Artinfo that the city of Saitama in Japan has announced it will hold its first triennial of contemporary art from September 24 through December 11, 2016. Hayato Shimizu, mayor of Saitama and president of the executive committee of the Saitama Triennale, said in a press conference on March 25 that the triennial hopes to focus on projects and works produced collaboratively with the local population and become a “festival based on the imagination of Saitama’s citizens.”

Titled “Envisioning the Future,” the festival will enlist as its director Takashi Serizawa, a curator who previously established the contemporary art institution P3 art and environment in 1989. Serizawa has also served as a curator of the 2005 Yokohama Triennale and overall director of the Beppu Contemporary Art Festival in both 2009 and 2012.

One of the key elements of this triennial will be “HomeBase Project Saitama 2015,” organized by Israeli artist and curator Anat Litwin. This research and residency program exploring a theme of home was previously held in New York, Berlin, and Jerusalem.

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