Fukuoka City

4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

Invoking community but largely devoid of the “community-oriented” art that has lately become ubiquitous, i.e., interactive and relational art, this fourth installment of the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale instead sought to explore the notions of kyosei, coexistence/symbiosis, and saisei, revival/reconstruction—expressed in English with the telling title “Live and Let Live: Creators of Tomorrow.” Much of the work highlighted a subjective autonomy and self-expression that is often perceived as being at odds with ideas of community, perhaps closer in spirit to Chantal Mouffe and Ernesto Laclau’s celebrated notion of a “radical and plural democracy.” Yet even within the particularities of individual expression, there was frequently a direct and often eloquent display of social conscience and a pointed critique of power.

Higa Toyomitsu’s Akai-Goya (The Red Bitter Gourd), 1970–72, powerful

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