• Sensory Ethnography Lab, Leviathan, 2012, digital video, color, sound, 87 minutes. From Aichi Triennale 2016: “Homo Faber: A Rainbow Caravan.”

    Aichi Triennale 2016: “Homo Faber: A Rainbow Caravan”

    Various Venues
    Aichi, Japan
    August 11–October 23

    Curated by Chihiro Minato

    Launched in 2010, the Aichi Triennale is among the most ambitious of Japan’s plethora of periodic festivals. For its third edition, it will spread across venues not only in the prefectural capital, Nagoya, but also in the cities of Okazaki and Toyohashi, home to significant Brazilian-Japanese populations. Seeking to engage these communities, artistic director Chihiro Minato will feature a strong contingent of Latin American artists, ranging from Mariana Castillo Deball to Laura Lima and Oscar Murillo, alongside notionally local participants like filmmaker Hiroyuki Oki, who shoots his “queer ambient movies” during his extensive world travels; and artist- architect Megumi Matsubara, who is based in Tokyo and Fez, Morocco. In his statement, Minato cites the caravan as a symbol of human curiosity and exploration, but the word now also evokes images of Europe’s migrant and refugee crisis. The negotiation of these competing meanings should make for a compelling exhibition.