The Aichi Triennale 2022 announced its fifth edition titled “STILL ALIVE”, launching July 30, 2022 until October 10, 2022. Under the artistic direction of Mami Kataoka, Aichi Triennale 2022 will run 5 programs; Contemporary Art, Performing Arts, Learning, Collaborative Programs and Online initiatives. To organize an international art festival during the global pandemic, Kataoka assigned 9 curatorial advisers from diverse regions to bring a wide range of artists to the program. The theme “STILL ALIVE,” was inspired by a series of works by the Aichi-born conceptual artist On Kawara. A
multi-dimensional interpretation of the words “STILL ALIVE,” will be presented to seek to contemplate the proud history and local industries of Aichi Prefecture, rediscover its traditional culture, and ponder the fundamental meaning of life, all the while shuttling back and forth between the past, present, and future.
In the post-COVID-19 era, the question of how we might recover a sense of daily life and socio-economic activity in order to build a sustainable and more equitable world is an urgent one that the entire world will face. 2022 will be a period of recovery from this pandemic, during which we will see new propositions being called for from all domains of life, whether environmental, political, economic, or cultural, in order to address the structures of contemporary society that have been thrown into sharp relief by COVID-19. The act of confronting this reality and creating a future amid uncertainty, during this particularly barren and unpromising period, is also an obligation that is being demanded of all of us who live in the present time.
Art, including contemporary art and the performing arts, has always reflected the times, pursued the truth, and proposed new values for the future in the face of uncertainty throughout its history. Since the 1990s, Western-centric values have branched off in multiple directions. In today’s increasingly complex world, we are seeing an increasing emphasis on the qualities of diversity and inclusion, which demand understanding and respect for diverse cultures. In particular, the vulnerability of our social structures as exposed by the pandemic has had a profound impact on the work of artists and art institutions, while the international art community has been demonstrating its solidarity in confronting social issues such as discrimination and inequality, in an effort to seek out models for a sustainable world.
The theme of the international art festival Aichi Triennale 2022, “STILL ALIVE,” was inspired by a series of works by the Aichi-born conceptual artist On Kawara, who continually dispatched the fact of his own existence during his lifetime using telegrams starting in the 1970s. This international art festival to be held in 2022 will offer a multi-dimensional interpretation of the words “STILL ALIVE,” revisiting the origins and sources of contemporary art while also focusing on the gaps between domains that have come to be classed according to fixed categories, all the while shuttling back and forth between the past, present, and future. Through the medium of art, Aichi Triennale 2022 promises encounters with uncertainty, the unknown, a diversity of values, and overwhelming beauty, while also serving as an opportunity for thinking about how we can create an ideal, sustainable future together. COVID-19, on the other hand, has curtailed transnational activities and projects, and directed our attention to the regions where we actually live and work. In terms of “regional rediscovery,” one of the distinctive characteristics of art festivals held in different cities, Aichi Triennale 2022 will also incorporate the proud history, local industries, and traditional culture of Aichi Prefecture, exploring the question of how to rejuvenate and revive these elements by taking the present time as a starting point, while also promising to be a creative response to the question of how to connect local cultures around the world to a wider global context.
In order to contemplate the theme “STILL ALIVE,” Aichi Triennale 2022 will embrace the following visions. They do not exist in isolation: rather, they are interrelated and sometimes at odds with each other in terms of how they make up the entirety of this international art festival.
Kataoka Mami [Director, Mori Art Museum / President, CIMAM]
Cosmin Costinaș [Executive Director, Para Site]
Rhana Devenport [Director, Art Gallery of South Australia]
Martin Germann [Independent Curator]
Eungie Joo [Curator of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art]
Gabi Ngcobo [Curatorial Director, Javett Art Centre]
Victoria Noorthoorn [Director, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires]
Tobias Ostrander [Independent Curator]
Ralph Rugoff [Director, Hayward Gallery]
Chief Curator (Head of Curatorial Team)
Iida Shihoko [Independent Curator]
Curator (Contemporary Art)
Nakamura Fumiko [Senior Curator, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art]
Tsutsumi Takuya [Independent Curator / Graphic Designer]
Performing Arts Adviser
Fujii Akiko [Producer, Aichi Prefectural Art Theater]
Maeda Keizo [Art Producer]
Curator (Performing Arts)
Soma Chiaki [Art Producer / Representative Director, Arts Commons Tokyo]
Aida Daiya [Artistic Director, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM)]
Yamamoto Takayuki [Artist / Co Director, School in Progress / Director, Ongoing School]
Aichi Triennale 2022 Programs
• Cutting-edge global contemporary art will be introduced through exhibitions and digital programs.
• Exhibitions will mainly take place at Aichi Arts Center, which includes Aichi Prefectural Museum of
Art, and other locations throughout the prefecture.
• Innovative and ground-breaking theater, music, and dance from around the world will be presented
at Aichi Arts Center and other venues.
• Learning opportunities for a wide range of audiences.
• Collaborative projects with a variety of organizations, including art universities within Aichi.
• Pop-up traveling exhibitions consist of works by Aichi Triennale 2022 participant artists at a number
of sites within the prefecture.
• In addition to on-site exhibitions and performances, video streaming and learning opportunities will
be offered online.