Tuesday 13 November
MK045, George Wallis Building
Though originally from Japan and educated as a journalist in the US, Ikuru Kuwajima has been living and working in various post-Soviet countries for more than ten years, moving from one city to another periodically around Eurasia including Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
Over years, he changed not only his place of residency but also his creative process, professions and worldview. The changes resulted from his observation on the media as an insider and his reflection on the transformation of his perspectives of the others over time.
Through projects partly based on his personal experience, he strives to question the system, conventional ideas and nature of the media, which are prone to oversimplification, and fill in the gaps that are often overlooked.
In the lecture, Kuwajima will talk about his recent photographic, video and writing projects including “I, Oblomov” and several others, and the experiences that prompted him to work on those projects.
Ikuru Kuwajima is an artist, photo/videographer, writer and translator currently living in Moscow. Though originally from Japan and educated in the University of Missouri, he has been living and working in various post-Soviet countries (Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) in the past decade. He has had a few solo shows, including “I, Oblomov” (Moscow, 2018), participated in various group exhibitions including Noorderlicht (2011), Venice Biennale’s Central Asian Pavilion (2013), Fotografia Europea (2016) and Recontres Internationales Paris/Berlin (2018). He has published several photography-based artist books including “Tundra Kids” (Vienna, 2015) and “I, Oblomov” (Moscow, 2017), as well as a text-based mini-book in Russian in 2018.