Anyway, it's always the others who die.
12 December - 27 December, 2020
"Anyway, it's always the others who die".
This inscription suggests the end of the "story". There should be no such thing as a never-ending "story". The conjunction "yet" is imbued with sorrow and despair over Duchamp's death. The inscription is heartbreaking for us who read it.
Nobuaki Ito has been working around themes such as "Death and Life", "Spirit", and "Art", all of which are ritualised and institutionalised in the torrent of modernisation. By removing these hooked brackets and freeing them from their ritualistic context, Ito has evoked vivid emotions in his viewers.
In this exhibition, "Yet Yet It's Always Other People Who Die", Ito will present three works: "Time Cannot Go Back" (2020), which focuses on the irreversibility of all events; "0099" (2008), which explores the gap between déjà vu and unseen experience of landscape; "Fiction" (2018), a narrative theory of artistic expression In addition to "Death" (2010), "Remembrance of Remembrance" (2010), which attempts to contact the invisible and insubstantial "death", and "Candle / Cut Flowers / Sleep / Smoke" (2020), in which the artist divides and re-accumulates his own body.
Throughout these works, the artist "de-hooks" rituals and institutionalised events to address fundamental and non-substantial themes such as death and life, self and time. These events with " " are stories created by human beings. The characteristic of the "story" is the nature of the "time" contained in the "story". Time" in the Narrative is reversible, and it is possible to create a variety of different tenses. However, in reality, time as an individual human being is irreversible and behaves in a linear fashion with an end. We human beings have resisted against this aspect of "time" with modernisation, industrialisation, and all kinds of technologies. However, we have not yet been able to overcome them - to overturn them with reality. That is why human beings still create "stories" and enjoy "life" within them. It is often said that the never-ending story will never end, and we will never be able to live our lives turning away from the end of the story.
"Time" is not a unitary element in the "story". All the events swallowed up by "time" are realities. The "story" is made into a narrative in " " and it acquires a " " and substance. But we must not forget that fiction is inextricably linked to that substance. The role of the narrative, which rebels against time, is to evoke what lies outside of "," that which has not been recognised or seen.
"Anyway, it is always the others who die".
'Your death can only be someone else's death for me, of course, but with an unexpected sense of loss - and with you, I am in a loneliness that seems to be missing a part of me.'
In his eulogy for Shuji Terayama, Yamada Taichi said People die. Stories always come to an end. An individual human being cannot see the end of his or her own "story". The same can be said of the artist Ito. This exhibition invites us to the "stories" spun by Ito.
Nobuaki Itoh (b. 1981, Nara, Japan) graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design, Department of Film and Performing Arts, Visual and Performing Arts Course in 2006, and received a doctorate in Fine Arts from Kyoto City University of Arts in 2016. He is an artist who pursues fundamental themes that cannot be avoided in life, such as "body," "life/death" and "spirit," and presents video and installation works. Recent major exhibitions include the 2018 solo exhibition "Fiction / The Most Beautiful in Life" (WAITINGROOM, Tokyo), the group exhibition "CANCER THE MECHANISM OF RESEMBLING" (EUKARYOTE, Tokyo), the 2016 solo exhibition "Art and the Artist" ( WAITINGROOM, Tokyo); group exhibition "S-House Museum Opening Exhibition" (S-House Museum, Okayama, from 2016); 2015 solo exhibition "Art" (Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, APMoA Project ARCH, Aichi); group exhibition "GRAVEDAD CERO Matadero Madrid, Spain), 2014 Group Exhibition "Ushimado-Asia Art Exchange Festival - Setouchi Art Museum," Ushimado Seaside Hall, Okayama, Japan, and 2012 Group Exhibition "Me'tis - Fighting Art" at Kyoto City University of Arts Gallery, Kyoto, Japan KCUA/Kyoto), and the 2010 group exhibition "Resonance: Resonance," Suntory Museum, Osaka.