7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art

Biennale theme - Clouds ⇄ Forests

Curator of the Main Project - Yuko Hasegawa

Curatorial assistant - Seiha Kurosawa

Opening of the Main Project – 15 September 2017

To participate in the Main Project of the 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art, please submit your application to the following e-mail address: curator@moscowbiennale.com by 10 March

Yuko Hasegawa

Yuko Hasegawa is Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2016 - present) and Professor of Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts (2016 - present). She was a Chief Curator and Founding Artistic Director (1999 - 2006) of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa and Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2006-2016). She is Artistic Director of Inujima Art House Project (2011-present).

Her recent exhibitions include Japanese Contemporary Art and Visual Culture after 1970 to Present at Centre Pompidou-Metz (upcoming/2017), Kishio Suga: Situations at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (2016), New Sensorium Exiting from Failures of Modernization at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (2016), Tokyo Art Meeting VI "TOKYO" Sensing the Cultural Magma of the Metropolis (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, 2015-2016).

Her past exhibitions include Oscar Niemeyer The Man Who Built Brasilia, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan, 2015), KISHIO SUGA – SITUATED LATENCY (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan, 2015), Thomas Demand (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, 2012), Atsuko Tanaka – The Art of Connecting (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan. Traveled to the Espai d'art contemporani de Castelló, Valencia, Spain, and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, U.K., 2012), Trans-Cool Tokyo – Contemporary Japanese Art from MOT Collection (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan. Traveled Singapore Art Museum, Bangkok Art Culture Center and Taipei Fine Art Museum, 2011-2012), Matthew Barney: Drawing Restraint (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, Traveled to Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Korea and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA, 2005), Liquid Crystal Futures: 11 Contemporary Japanese Photography (Edinburgh,1994-1996), Atsuko Tanaka – The Art of Connecting (IKON Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan, 2012)

She was a member of the Asian Art Advisory Board at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2008 - 2012), currently an advisory committee member of the Rockbund Art Museum (2014-present), an international advisory board member of The Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (CCA), and an international jury of the Nasher Prize Nasher Sculpture Center.


Unfamiliar Asia: The Second Beijing Photo Biennial 2015

CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
Oct. 2015 - Nov. 2015
Co-curated with Huangsheng Wang, Chunchen Wang, Wai Chun and others
Uudam Tran Nguyen, Ahmed Mater, Dayanita Singh, Lieko shiga and others

The 11 th Sharjah Art Biennial “Re Emerge – Toward a New Cultural Cartography”

Sharjah, United Emirates
Mar. – May. 2013
OFFICE KGDV, SUPERFLEX, Seigen Ono + Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani, SANAA, Wael Shawky, Otobong Nkanga, Francis Alÿs, Gabriel Orozco, Sarah Abu Abdallah, Tiffany Chung, Thilo Frank, Yang Fudong, Yu-ichi Inoue, Ernesto Neto, Shahzia Sikander, Fumito Urabe, Wissam Shawkat and others

The 29th Sao Paulo Biennial

Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sep. - Dec. 2010
Co-Curated with Rina Carvajal, Sarat Maharaj, Fernando Alvim, Chus Martínez
Ai Weiwei, Chim↑Pom, Ilya Kabakov, Joseph Kosuth, Gil Vicente, Anna Maria Maiolino, Roberto Jacoby, Nuno Ramos and others

The 12th Venice Architecture Biennale

Artistic Advisor (Director: Kazuyo Sejima)
Aug. - Nov. 2010
Olafur Eliasson, Do Ho Suh、Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Lina Bo Bardi and others

The 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale “Dual Realistic” (media_city_seoul 2006)

Seoul Museum of Art and public sites around Seoul, Korea
Oct. - Dec. 2006
Co-Curated with Rhee Wonil, Pi Li
Miao Xiaochun, Go Watabe, Shi Yong, Inmi Lee, Zhu Jia
Venice Biennale 2003, 50th International Exhibition of Art, Japan Pavilion “Heterotopias , Yutaka Sone, Motohiko Odani”
Venice Italy
Jun. – Nov. 2003

Shanghai Biennale 2002

Shanghai, China
Nov. 2002 – Jan. 2003
Co-Curated with Xu Jiang, Fan Di'an, Alanna Heiss, Wu Jiang, Klaus Biesenbach
Haluk Akakce, Atelier Bow-wow, Xu Bing, Liu Dahong, Jude Tallicher, Weng Peijun(Weng Fen), Los Carpinteros, Kosuke Tsumura, Eike Becker and others

7 th International Istanbul Biennial

Istanbul, Turkey
Sep. – Nov. 2001
Artistic Directer
Michael Lin, Lee Bul, Chris Burden, Jan Fabre, Yang Fudong, Kazuhiko Hachiya, Philippe Parreno, SANAA, Joe Apichatpong Weerasethakul and others

Clouds ⇄ Forest

Concept by Yuko Hasegawa

7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art entitled Clouds⇄Forests is a proposition at a time of crisis to instigate the establishment of new relationships in our world. This proposition will be proposed by the artists and creators called ”Creative Tribes”, who gather in different sites all over the world, do not feel restricted to the notion of nation state and also surmount the dichotomy between globalism and localism.

Since ancient times, tribes sharing common mediation functions (proxemics) have been established on the basis of shared environments: land, climate, and such corporeal conditions. They share certain knowledge, aesthetics and a lifestyle fostered by land/forest. If represented by the metaphor of a forest, they would resemble a collection of trees growing in a common environment.

Over the past three decades, such tribes have been leaving the forests and have started creating new assembly points in the Internet or “Cloud“ space. As the forests engender such clouds, many new media become such personal spaces imbued with the mechanisms of animism, thereby creating life in all manner of things in new technologies: from information to bacteria.

At the same time, a particularly young cloud tribe from the post-Internet generation (born and raised in the “Cloud” space) tends to return to the ground/the forest in order to explore another physical reality and seek cultural roots.

These two directions - one “from the Forests to Clouds” and the other “from the Clouds to Forests” - create a single circular eco-system. This circulation of the eco-system in the metaphors of Clouds and Forests unleashes a new wind of change to the existing system of art, society and the environment.

Art functions precisely as an enigmatic signpost, nourishing our sensory apparatus so that we can gain a better understanding of our human condition

Clouds⇄Forests focuses on artists as a creative tribe transitioning, expanding and dissipating, from forest to cloud, rebuilding the subjectivity of spectators and showing that creativity is vital to the creation of new environmental spheres. Taking into account perceptions on the generation of new subjective environmental spheres, the curatorial criteria for this exhibition includes giving life to new technologies as well as exploring ways to obtain animistic artistic languages and connect cultural roots, and leveraging the rhizome-based organic system to traverse history, genres, and media.

The effects of an increasingly globalised capitalist order are at the root of the recent surge in nationalism and populism. In contrast, the new tribes at the heart of this exhibition represent examples of how we can calmly confront these same issues by generating alternative environmental spheres, compounding subjective spheres, and promoting peaceful co-existence.

Currently attending Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Global Arts, MA in Arts Studies and Curatorial Practices,Tokyo, Japan

Completed ICC international Business Professions Programme, University of Westminster, London, UK (Scholarship student)

Graduate of The School of Culture, Media and Society, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, Bachelor of Arts in Literature

Graduate of United World College Mahindra College, Pune, India (Scholarship student) where he obtained Diploma of International Baccalaureate. Highly experienced in diverse and international environment.

President of Waseda Film Society, Tokyo, Japan 2011-2014

Volunteer at Art for Kids, Pune, India 2008- 2010

Curatorial assistant at "Japanext, visual arts and culture since 1970”(tentative title) project led by Yuko Hasegawa, Centre Pompidou-Metz , Metz, France

Chief Curator at "Seize the Uncertain Day", Chinretsukan Gallery, The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts. (Co-curated with 7 curators)

Curator at “Home No Longer Exists”, Kominka asagoro, Tokyo, Japan Nov 2015