11 Stories on Distanced Relationships: Contemporary Art from Japan


The Japan Foundation Presents
11 Stories on Distanced Relationships: Contemporary Art from Japan

March 31 – May 5, 2021

Toronto, ON – The Japan Foundation is proud to present the free online exhibition, 11 Stories on Distanced Relationships: Contemporary Art from Japan, with the aim to promote new forms of artistic exchange during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

From March 30 to May 5, 2021, experience contemporary art that is relevant to our times, featuring new commissioned works by 11 Japanese artists on the theme of “Translating the Distance”, accompanied by the curators’ texts. Through the limited-time bilingual website (Japanese/English), this exhibition presents works that have been created around various kinds of “distances,” including distances between people, land and people, history and the present, and between physical places and virtual spaces. The exhibition rethinks “distance” in various media, including video, sound, animation, and live streaming*.


Lafcadio Hearn – His unending summer © YOSHIDA Shinya, 2021 Video, 20’59”

11 Artists from Japan:
ARAKI Yu, HAN Ishu, IIYAMA Yuki, KOIZUMI Meiro, MOHRI Yuko, NOGUCHI Rika, OKUMURA Yuki, SATO Masaharu, SAWA Hiraki, YANAI Shino, and YOSHIDA Shinya.

*Artwork by MOHRI Yuko is livestreamed from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (EDT) every day during the exhibition period.

Exhibition URL: https://11stories.jpf.go.jp/en/

KIMURA Eriko, Curator, Yokohama Museum of Art and Curatorial Head of Yokohama Triennale 2020
KONDO Kenichi, Senior Curator, Mori Art Museum
MASUDA Tomohiro, Curator, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
NOMURA Shino, Senior Curator, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery


Polaris © SAWA Hiraki, 2021 Video, 14’40”

About the Japan Foundation:
The Japan Foundation is Japan’s only institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world. To cultivate friendship and ties between Japan and the world, the Japan Foundation creates global opportunities to foster friendship, trust, and mutual understanding through culture, language, and dialogue.

Contact Information (Promotional visuals available upon request)
2 Bloor Street East, Suite 300, Toronto Ontario CANADA M4W 1A8 T 416.966.1600 ext. 223 | nnakamura@jftor.org | www.jftor.org | @JFToronto


Lucent Sea © NOGUCHI Rika, 2021 Video (silent), 18’00”