Koganecho Bazaar 2014 calls for Vietnamese candidates

My Tran

The art festival hosted by the Koganecho Area Management Center, a non-profit organization that uses art to revitalize the Koganecho Urban Area at Yokohama City’s Naka Ward in Japan, has been held every autumn since 2008.

The festival uses everyday spaces in the city as stages and it has invited and presented more than 140 groups of artists, curators and architects from Japan and abroad. The festival examines current issues raised by contemporary art with an organizational plan that considers creation from concept to presentation as a consecutive process.

This year, the festival will be expanded into an international art festival showcasing thirty new works by both local and international artists and groups.

Artists from around the world can submit applications to the curator panel of Koganecho Bazaar and local cooperated curators. In Vietnam, curator Nguyen Nhu Huy, founder of ZeroStation in HCMC’s District 3 is selected to accept applications from Vietnamese artists.

Two other curators Yamano Shingo and Makiko Hara will come to Vietnam to consider presentations of Vietnamese artists from 10:30 a.m. on January 21 at ZeroStation, 288 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street.

Each artist has 20 minutes to present their project before talking with the curators. Artists can email Huy at huybeo@gmail.com or 0903 747 779 to register their presentation. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on January 18.

The theme of Koganecho Bazaar 2014, organized in collaboration with local and international organizations and curators, is Fictive Communities.

The term community refers to both a residential area and a social unit, a group of people who share things in common, like language, interests, family, friends and a wide sense of contexts. From this point of view, everyone belongs to multiple communities and these communities are constantly changing and updating over time.

Koganecho Bazaar 2014 aims to create a place where artists can share and exchange thoughts on the utopic concept of Fictive Communities through the experience and interpretation of artworks by participating artists from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds.

Through the various cultural-exchange programs such as artists in residence, exhibitions, symposiums and workshops, Koganecho Bazaar 2014 hopes to incubate new thinking about relationships between heterogeneous communities that before had no contact with each other, while imagining Fictive Communities as a society in which diverse values coexist.

Selected artists to the resident program will be provided with a round-trip ticket between Vietnam and Yokohama, allowances during the residency from one to three months, costs for materials to make artworks, exhibition space and assistance to help them to finish their works.