Exhibition Information/Director/Guest Curator

About Fictive Communities Asia – Koganecho Bazaar 2014

koganecho bazaar2014

Koganecho Bazaar is an art festival organized by the Koganecho Area Management Center together with the Hatsunecho-Koganecho and Hinodecho Environmental Cleanup Association as an ongoing effort towards community-renovation of the Koganecho area in Yokohama.

Since 2008, Koganecho Bazaar has been held yearly in the area between the Hinodecho Station and Koganecho Station on the Keikyu Line. It presents art projects utilizing various spaces in the area; including the studios under the railway-bridge, small buildings, existing shops and empty lots. The festival has been consistently working on the theme of “community and art.” In the last six years, a total number of 140 groups of artists, curators and architects from Japan and abroad have participated in the festival.

Opening in this August, Fictive Communities Asia – Koganecho Bazaar 2014 marks the beginning of its new phase as an international art exhibition. With the theme “Fictive Communities,” the exhibition will feature works artists who were selected in consultation with Eight national and international organization, as well as artists who made their way through the open call. Artworks will be exhibited throughout the town. The exhibition aims to situate Yokohama as an important cultural hub in Asia, and provide a new think-tank network and platform among the Asian art communities.

International symposium, theater program and event of local food will be held during the exhibition period.

Exhibition Information

DatesFri, Aug. 1st- Mon, Nov. 3rd, 2014
Open11:00 am -19:00pm
Closed onEvery 1st&3rd Thursday

・Koganecho Bazaar 2014 Passport(valid during entire event period):High school and above 700yen; Free for junior high school students and below
*On-the-day tickets only

・Creative City Tie-Up Ticket:Koganecho Bazaar 2014+Yokohama Triennale 2014+BankART Life Ⅳ
Adults 2,000yen; University and College Students 1,500yen; High School Students 1,100yen
[On the day]
Adults 2,400yen; University and College Students 1,800yen; High School Students 1,400yen
* Includes admission to the Koganecho Bazaar 2014 and tie-up programs of Yokohama Triennale 2014 and BankART Life Ⅳ.
* Advance ticket will be available beginning April 25th until July 31st, 2014. Regular ticket will be available beginning August 1st until November 3rd, 2014.
* Tickets are available in the following locations: Koganecho Artbook Bazaar, Bazaar Bazaar, Koganecho Area Management Center

Organized byNPO Koganecho Area Management Center / The Hatsunecho-Koganecho and Hinodecho Environmental Cleanup Initiative Committee
Co-organized by
Yokohama city
Patronized byKanagawa Prefecture / Yokohama Arts Foundation
Sponsored byKeihin Electric Express Railway Co., Ltd. / Asahi Breweries, Ltd. / Asahi Soft Drinks CO. LTD.
In Cooperation withKanagawa Prefectural Police Department / Kanagawa Prefecture Isezaki Police Station / Yokohama Naka Hojinkai / Hinodecho Neighborhood Association / Hatsunecho­Koganecho Neighborhood Association / Hinodecho Station Area A Redevelopment Association / Kogane­X Lab. Executive Committee / Yokohama City University / Art Center Ongoing / Bamboo Curtain Studio / Chiang Mai Art Conversation / Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts / KUNCI Cultural Studies Center / Mite­Ugro / 98B COLLABoratory / Outsiders Factory / ZeroStation / Yokohama Creativecity Ceneter
Special supportHatsukoi Shop Association
Granted bySupported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2014

Culture City of East Asia 2014 YOKOHAMA

Organized by
NPO Koganecho Area Management Center / Culture City of East Asia 2014 YOKOHAMA Executive Committee
Granted bySupported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2014

Director, Koganecho Bazaar
Shingo Yamano

Born in 1950 in Kasuya-gun, Fukuoka Prefecture,
Shingo Yamano finished his studies at Mitsuo Kano’s copperplate printing workshop at the Bigakko Art School in 1971. In the 1970s he started his practice as an artist in Fukuoka city. In 1978 he founded IAF Art Laboratory for which he organized various study groups and exhibitions. In 1990 he assumed the position of Office Director for the Museum City Project which became a transitional phase for his art practice - from artist to director. In 1990, he started producing the city-wide art festival “Museum City Tenjin” while organizing numerous projects and workshops to explore the relationship between art and the city. In 1991, he produced “Chinese Avant-garde Exhibition [Exceptional Passage].” He was the curator of Yokohama Triennale in 2005. In 2008, he relocated to Yokohama from Fukuoka to assume position of Director for Koganecho Bazaar. It is held yearly and 2014 marks its 7th edition. Since 2009 he has been the Office Director of Koganecho Area Management Center. He also co-authored the book “Museum City Project 1990-200X” with Raiji Kuroda and Hatsune Miyamoto.

Guest Curator, Koganecho Bazaar 2014
Makiko Hara

Makiko Hara is an independent curator and writer from Tokyo currently based in Vancouver, Canada. She recently appointed to a guest curator of Koganecho Bazaar 2014, and working on East and South East Asian artists and curators. From 2007–2013, Hara was the curator of Centre A- Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art where she curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions and projects by regional, national and international artists. Hara was the co-founder of TOKYO ART SPEAK, an art-collective that organized monthly informal, bilingual, roundtable discussions (1993-2006) and worked as an independent curator in Tokyo prior to move to Canada. She served as project coordinator for several international exhibitions, including the Yokohama Triennale (2001/ 2005) and the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale (2003). Her recent projects includes solo exhibitions by artists such as Kyohei Sakaguchi, Koki Tanaka, Lida Abdul, Sharmila Samant, Louise Noguchi, Noriko Sunayama, Yoshihiro Suda, Masashi Ogura & Paul de Guzman, Garry Neil Kennedy & Cathy Busby, Lani Maestro, Howie Tsui, YOUNG HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, Nobuo Kubota and Li Yilin. Hara was one of the three curator for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2009 in Toronto. She has contributed in catalogue, anthologies and periodicals and her recent essay was published in Mutation Perspectives on Photography (Steidl/Paris Photo, 2011) and in Institutions by Artists Volume One (Fillip Edition/Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres, 2012). Hara is currently working on new research and publication project on the subject of " Reactional Ethic".