Yuichiro Tamura <em>KAIZO</em> 2019, illustrated by Ryoga Seko. Courtesy the artist and Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo

Yuichiro Tamura KAIZO 2019, illustrated by Ryoga Seko. Courtesy the artist and Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo

Exhibition

10 Aug — 17 Nov 2019

Yuichiro Tamura: Milky Mountain / 裏返りの山

Milky Mountain / 裏返りの山 presents new work by Japanese artist Yuichiro Tamura, drawn from his time in New Plymouth as the 2018 Govett-Brewster Art Gallery International Artist in Residence.

E whakatakina ana e Milky Mountain ngā mahi a te ringatoi o Hapani i whai wāhi ki Ngāmotu nei hei Govett-Brewster Art Gallery International Artist in Residence i te tau 2018, arā, ko Yuichiro Tamura.

Yuichiro Tamura’s new exhibition Milky Mountain / 裏返りの山 forges unexpected ties between New Plymouth, Aotearoa New Zealand, Mishima and Japan.

Kaitakatū/Curated by Sarah Wall

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Japan Foundation Asia NZ Foundation Creative New Zealand

The work of Yuichiro Tamura is marked by his extensive research into the contexts in which his work is presented. Milky Mountain is informed by a mix of narratives – institutional and personal, public and private – that weave together otherwise unconnected histories and events. These include the memory of the filming of The Last Samurai in New Plymouth; the architectural transformation of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery building, formerly a movie theatre; the biography of Yukio Mishima, who was at various times a novelist, bodybuilder, and samurai; and New Plymouth’s sister-city relationship with Mishima, the Japanese city from which Yukio Mishima took his pen name.

Tamura’s carefully choreographed encounters fuse fragments of memory and historical and contemporary references in surprising and unexpected ways. Through the unfolding of multiple narratives across the exhibition, time itself is collapsed into a network of simultaneously existing possibilities. The boundaries that separate past from present, documentary from fiction, and memory from make-believe are blurred into a single experience.

Kua tohua a Yuichiro Tamura e ana mahi rangahau whānui - e kīia ana e ia, ko te ‘kimihanga’ - he ruku ki ngā wāhi e whakatairangahia ana āna toi. Kua taunakihia a Milky Mountain ki ngā tini kōrero tuku iho - nō ngā whare wānanga tae noa ki ngā tangata noa, mai i tūmatawhānui ki tūmatawhāiti - he kete kōrero hitōria, wheako maha. Ko te kaponga o te kiriata e kīia ana ko The Last Samurai i Ngāmotu nei, tētehi kōrero; ko te whakahounga o Te Whare Pīataata o Govett-Brewster Art Gallery mai i tētehi whare pikitia tētehi anō mahara tuku iho; ko te kōrero haurongo e pā ana ki a Yukio Mishima, arā, he kaituhikōrero, he kaiwhakapā uaua tinana, he samurai hoki; ko te piringa o Ngāmotu ki te tāone hoki o Mishima, te wāhi i ahu mai te ingoa kārangaranga o Yukio Mishima tētehi anō.

He mīharo tonu te whakawhenumi a Tamura i ngā mahara me ngā kōrero hitōria. Kei roto i ngā kura huna o te whakaaturanga nei, ko te ia tonu e whakaatu ana i ngā waihono i ngā hua katoa. Ko ngā taiepa e whakawehe ana i te ao o nehe ki mohoa noa nei, i ngā pakipūmeka ki ngā pakimaero, i te pohewatanga ki ngā tūponotanga.