After the Tsunami: Japanese Contemporary Art Since 2011

Third Thursday Lectures
Thursday 15 Mar 2018 | 6 PM

Weston Room
Norwich Cathedral Hostry
Norwich NR1 4DH

Professor Adrian Favell
University of Leeds

About the Lecture

What effect have the Triple Earthquake disasters of March 2011 had on Japanese contemporary art?

Japanese contemporary art since the 1990s has mainly been associated with the popular culture inspired work of artists such as Murakami Takashi, Nara Yoshitomo, Mori Mariko and Aida Makoto. The rupture of 2011 however made clear a major shift in Japanese art towards more community based, socially engaged, and politically critical work, including among this older generation. While explaining the longstanding roots of socially engaged “art projects” as a distinctive feature of the Japanese art world, the talk will focus on the changing output of younger generation of artists: including names such as Tanaka Koki, Shiga Lieko, Sakaguchi Kyohei and Kato Tsubasa, and the controversial art units Chim↑Pom and Chaos★Lounge.

The talk is based on a new chapter for a forthcoming revised and updated edition (in Japanese and English) of the book, Before and After Superflat.

About the Speaker

Adrian Favell is Chair in Sociology and Social Theory at the University of Leeds. A 2006-7 Japan Foundation Abe Fellow, he is the author of Before and After Superflat: A Short History of Japanese Contemporary Art 1990-2011 (2012), and has also published essays in Art in America, Bijutsu Techō, Impressions, Artforum, and ART-iT online. More info:

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About the Third Thursday Lecture Series

The Third Thursday Lectures hosted by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures are on a range of topics related to the art and culture of Japan. Talks begin at 6pm (50-minute lecture followed by refreshments). Speakers are all specialists in their field and the talks are intended to be accessible to those with no prior knowledge of Japanese history.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Booking essential. To book your seat, please go to the booking form or email the Sainsbury Institute

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The lecture will be held at the Weston Room, Cathedral Hostry, Norwich NR1 4DH.


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