Dan Isomura Artist. Born in 1992 in Tokyo. Based in Tokyo. Graduated from the Faculty of Painting, Tokyo University of the Arts in 2016. He was a member of the second generation of students of Genron Chaos*Lounge New Art School in 2017, where he received the Gold Award in the annual exhibition juried by Makoto Aida, Kousai Hori, Kouichi Watari, Teiya Iwabuchi, Hiroki Azuma, and Youhei Kurose. Recent works have focused on the reinterpretation of contemporary Buddhist art in Thailand, in addition to collaborative projects with Nepalese immigrants living in Japan. His works can be seen as kitsch, disordered illustrations of contemporary society in which a complex fusion of different cultures and materials are brought into sharp relief. Plan: In recent work, I'm interested in the transformation of and reactions between all manner of things from a physical to a social level. During this program, I will conduct research and create works focusing on the movement of peoples between national borders based on significant social events occurring on the world stage since 2016. During my time at Youkobo Art Space, I intend to work with refugees and asylum seekers, and learn about their situations in Japan. In London, my focus will be on the creation of work that responds to research in relation to the state of society following the Brexit vote.
“HOME PARTY#1 (Nepalese Tihar*Tokyo House Party)” 2017 mixed media Dan Isomura / 磯村暖
“HOME PARTY#2 (in a gallery)” 2017 video and installation (participatory) Dan Isomura / 磯村暖
這個計畫啟始於尼泊爾移民與東京年輕人的共同合作。提哈燈節是尼泊爾一個的傳統節日，敬拜被視為地嶼信使的狗與烏鴉。 儘管在日本的尼泊爾移民群體越來越大，移居的時間漸長，卻從來沒有在日本舉辦過這個祭典。當然做直接的原因可能是是尼泊爾移民在日本的艱難處境，他們受困於貧窮且被社會大眾拒之門外。 所以藝術家、尼泊爾移民、東京當地的年輕人決定依同執行這個從未在日本舉辦過的傳統節日儀式。 This project originated from the collaboration between Napalese immigrants and Japanese youths in Tokyo. Tihar is a unique traditional festival held in Nepal in order to worship dogs and crows, who are believed to be messengers of King of Hell. Despite the important number of Napalese immigrants and the number of years the participants have lived in Tokyo, this ceremony had never been performed in Japan. The reasons were directly connected with their difficulties in Japan, the poverty and their isolation from the rest of society. The artist, Nepalese immigrants, and Japanese youth made a party which had never been able to take place before.