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Tadashi Kawamata has quickly gained on the Japanese and international art scene. At age 28, a graduate of the University of Fine Arts in Tokyo, he was already invited to the Japan Pavilion of the Venice Biennale 1982. Therefore, it intervenes in the world to produce monumental projects always in agreement with the site invested.
Tadashi Kawamata's work reflects on the social context and relationships that define it. When installing shelters made of materials (wood, cardboard) recovery on the edge of the cities of Montreal, New York or Tokyo, it refers to the slums and the homeless. At Alkmaar, these are people with social problems that are associated with a proposed bridge linking the rehabilitation center in the city. In any project, the artist is surrounded by students, residents, groups involved in editing and producing the work.
A careful discovery, physical and mental health, history, landscape, architecture and lifestyles they bring him gradually to determine the nature of its projects. At the root of his work, Tadashi Kawamata interested in planning issues, construction sites or demolition, the intermediate areas that remain in urban areas are reinvested by the artist who uses the building for its same materials of the site, the "recycling" (chairs, boats, scaffolding). For example, in Kassel, is a church in ruins, destroyed by World War II and neglected during the reconstruction of the city, Tadashi Kawamata restores to the people on the occasion of Documenta VIII in 1987. Time as an indicator of greatness or decline of a monument or site, is a key element of his work.
Its operations recreate bridges between past and present, revealing the emotional, invisible things, but also their material reality. Work sharing and reflection on community life that animates and builds each of its projects promote the awakening of this memory. At the Saint-Louis de la Salpetriere in 1997, The passage of the chairs form an elevation of chairs and pews, spiral springs towards the dome of the chapel. In Barcelona in 1996, is a bridge that connects the contemporary art museum in the old neighborhood. In Evreux in 2000, pedestrians are asked to move on instead of City Hall by an elevated walkway that allows to change the point of view. All examples and situations where the work calls for a shift to a path. At St. Thélo in the Côtes-d'Armor, Tadashi Kawamata has invested three summers (2004-2006) during the old weaver's houses doomed to destruction.
Professor at the University of Fine Arts in Tokyo from 1999 to 2005, he currently teaches at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 2005 he was appointed artistic director of the Second Triennial of Yokohama, Japan. Recent projects have taken him to France to participate in the artistic journey The estuary between Nantes and Saint-Nazaire and Japan in a solo retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo.
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