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Yoshinori NIWA

Carrying My Own Belongings Inside the Body

2021
Oil pastel, acrylic, pencil, newspaper, marker and tape on canvas
85x60cm
at ” Why does humankind engage in economic activity?” 2023 Satoko Oe Contemporary

The Communities We Must Have Imagined

2019
Single channel video
15min.42sec.
at “The Communities We Must Have Imagined” 2019 Satoko Oe Contemporary

Unavoidable Work in Order to Keep Us Alive

2019
Neon tube
110x110cm
Photo by TAKAMURADAISUKE

Withdrawing Adolf Hitler from a Private Space

2018
Commissioned and produced by steirischer herbst
Newspaper advertisement
Graphic by Yelena Maksutay
Withdrawing Adolf Hitler from a Private Space (2018)

Withdrawing Adolf Hitler from a Private Space

2018
Commissioned and produced by steirischer herbst
Documentary video series on the Internet and Clothing collecting container
Photo by Mathias Völzke
Courtesy of steirischer herbst
Withdrawing Adolf Hitler from a Private Space (2018)

Paying a Courtesy Call on the Incumbent Mayor by all His Predecessors in History

2016
9-channel video installation, 9 programmed-LED
1h6min.34sec.
Installation view: Miyanoura Gallery 6, Naoshima 2016
Photo by Yasushi Ichikawa
Paying a Courtesy Call on the Incumbent Mayor by all His Predecessors in History (2016)

Selling the Right to Name a Pile of Garbage

2014
Project and single-channel video
25min.43sec.
Selling the Right to Name a Pile of Garbage (2014)

Proposing to Hold Up Karl Marx to the Japanese Communist Party

2013
2-channel video installation (18’02 min each), Photo print on banner, Blackboard, Flag, Megaphone
18min.02sec. each
at Installation view: Mori Art Museum 10th Anniversary Exhibition “Roppongi Crossing 2013: OUT OF DOUBT”, Mori Art Museum
Photo by Osamu Watanabe
Courtesy of Mori Art Museum

Looking for Vladimir Lenin at Moscow Apartments

2012
3-channel video installation
8min.40sec. each
Looking for Vladimir Lenin at Moscow Apartments (2012)

Walk in the Opposite Direction of a Demonstration Parade

2011
Single channel video
10min.01sec.
Walk in the Opposite Direction of a Demonstration Parade (2011)

Tossing socialists in the air in Romania

2010
Single channel video
29min.09sec.
Tossing socialists in the air in Romania (2010)

For my friends who cannot decide marriage with each other yet, I hold a wedding at 2 am-midnight under a streetlight

2009
Photographic print
120x150cm

Going to San Francisco to dispose of my garbage

2006
Single channel video
17min.33sec.
Going to San Francisco to dispose of my garbage (2006)

Transferring puddle A to puddle B

2004
Single channel video
10min.53sec.
Transferring puddle A to puddle B (2004)

Yoshinori NIWA

1982
born in Aichi
 
lives and works in Vienna, Austria
2005
BFA, Tama Art University Department of Moving Images and Performing Arts, Tokyo

Selected Solo Shows

2023
“Why does humankind engage in economic activity?” Satoko Oe Contemporary, Tokyo
2022
“Can Humankind Kill Products?” Edel Assanti, London
2021
“Yoshinori Niwa: On Rehabilitation of Domination and Domain” Match Gallery/The Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, Ljubljana
“Withdrawing Adolf Hitler from a Private Space” GOLD+BETON, Köln
2020
“Rehabilitation of Ancestors” Zimmermann Krachtowill, Graz
“FROM 1 OCTOBER 2017: FACE COVER BAN IN AUSTRIA” das weisse haus, Vienna
2019
“The Communities We Must Have Imagined” Satoko Oe Contemporary, Tokyo
“We Unanimously Agree on a Plan that Nobody Has Asked For” PARCO gallery X, Tokyo
2017
“That Language Sounds Like A Language” Edel Assanti, London
“We’re Heading to a Place Where Nobody Wants to go By the Will of All” 1335MABINI, Manila
“MAM screen #5: Yoshinori Niwa Selected Video Works” Mori Art Museum, Tokyo 
2016
“Zapoznela hipoteza – Od A do B” Alcatraz Gallery, Ljubljana
“Against Reason” CAPSULE, Tokyo
“Power of Ownership” 1335MABINI, Manila
“Against Name” Minatomachi Art Table Nagoya, Aichi
2015
“Historically Historic Historical History of Communism” Edel Assanti, London 
2014
“Research and Production: Artistic Methods in a Transitional Period” Tamsui Historical Museum, Taipei
“Never Trust in People without Contradiction” 1335MABINI, Manila
2012
“Possibilities is the antonym of today” AI KOWADA GALLERY, Tokyo
“Possibilities is the antonym of today” GALLERY TERRA TOKYO, Tokyo
“Clapping hands for the bears in Bern” NADiff Window Gallery, Tokyo
2011
“Searching for community, or their escape drama” AI KOWADA GALLERY, Tokyo
2010
“No solution, but brawl” AI KOWADA GALLERY, Tokyo
“The Poetics of Activism” gallery αlpha M, Tokyo
“Communicating with Thieves” HIAP Project Room, Helsinki
2009
“Face round, community!” Migigawanikenme, Tokyo
“Transforming puddle A to puddle B” Art in General, New York

Selected Group shows

2023
“The Constitution of Japan” Aoyama Meguro, Tokyo
2022
“Bucharest Biennale 10” Bucharest
“spring show: Yoshinori Niwa and Naoya Hirata” Satoko Oe Contemporary, Tokyo
“Uncurated” Kunstraum Feller, Vienna
“INEXISTENT BOOKS V” Aula46, Barcelona
“COLOMBOSCOPE 2021” Colombo
“Five Exercises of Resistance” Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv
2021
“Disposing of Hitler: Out of the Cellar, Into the Museum” The House of Austrian History, Vienna
“Rule?” 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Tokyo
“summer show” Satoko Oe Contemporary, Tokyo
“Taking My Thoughts for a Walk” Dortmunder Kunstverein+Urbane Künste Ruhr, Dortmund
2020
“#JAPANREVISTED202X” online, Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo
“BIG IDEAS– Political Ideologies and their aftermath” philomena+, Vienna
“TIME FOR OUTRAGE! ART IN TIMES OF SOCIAL ANGER” Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
“Everything You’ve Ever Wanted is On the Other Side of the Planet” Angewandte Innovation Laboratory, Vienna
“Genealogie der Dinge” Kunstverein Kärnten, Klagenfurt
“RISO IS IT” OIL by Bijustsutecho, Tokyo
“Evacuation” Satoko Oe Contemporary, Tokyo
“FIT’RI:NA فترينة” philomena+, Vienna
“Choreographing the Public / The Social Contract” OnCurating Project Space, Zurich
2019
“das weisse ab haus verkaufskunstschauw” das weisse haus, Vienna
“Shigeru HASEGAWA and Yoshinori NIWA” Satoko Oe Contemporary, Tokyo
“AOMORI EARTH2019: AGROTOPIA – WHEN LIFE BECOMES ART THROUGH LOCAL AGRICULTURE” Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori
“45th National Salon of Colombia” Bogota
“JAPAN UNLIMITED” frei_raum Q21 exhibition space, Vienna
“Protocols of Together” MEDO Space, Vienna
“Heimat/Homeland/Tierra” Otazu Foundation, Spain
2018
“Limited Vision” The National Forum of Music Wroclaw, Wroclaw
“steirischer herbst’18” Graz
“Practice of Occupation of the Work” Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Wroclaw
“Wars Of Worlds” Visual Kontakt, Cluj-Napoca
“Imagining Memory: Between Anaesthesia and Amnesia” 1335MABINI, Manila
“Current Sign” das weises haus, Vienna
2017
“Too Pretty To Throw Away” Asia and Pacific Museum, Warsaw
“Wars Of Worlds” MOA contemporary, Bucharest
“Wars Of Worlds” National Museum of Art Constanța, Constanța
“Socially Engaged Art” 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo
“Where are we going?” Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz
2016
“Rivers – The way of Living in Transition/Asia Contemporary Art Links” Gwanju Biennale Hall, Gwanju
“Packaging Design from Japan: Too Pretty to Throw Away” Siebold Huis, Leiden
“Packaging Design from Japan: Too Pretty to Throw Away” Managua Center, Krakow
“Setouchi Triennale 2016” Naoshima Island, Kagawa
“House of Day, House of Night” @KCUA, Kyoto
2015
“OUR BELOVED WORLD” Marugame Inokuma-Genichiro Contemporary Art Museum, Marugame
“Rivers – The way of Living in Transition/Asia Contemporary Art Links” The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung
2014
“Some Like It Witty” Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
“Forces at Work” Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, Manila
“Susukino Triennale 2014” Sapporo
2013
“The 7th Move on Asia: Censorship” Alternative Space LOOP, Seoul
“Aichi Triennale 2013” Aichi Arts Center, Aichi
“Roppongi Crossing 2013: OUT OF DOUBT” Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
2012
“Double Vision: Contemporary Art From Japan” Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow
“Double Vision: Contemporary Art From Japan” Hiafa Museum of Art, Hiafa
“New Gallery × New Artists × New Works” AI KOWADA GALLERY, Tokyo
“RYUGU IS OVER” Ryugu Bijutsu Ryokan, Yokohama
“Similarities and Differences— Asian Contemporary Media Arts from Daisuke 2012 Miyatsu Collection” BEXCO, Busan
“Identity VIII – curated by Shihoko Iida” nca | nichido contemporary art, Tokyo
“Daikanyama Art Street” HILLSIDE FORUM, Tokyo
“But Fresh” Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo
2011
“Social Dive – Exploratory Imagination” 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo
“Gallery Artists’ show 2011” AI KOWADA GALLERY, Tokyo
“Art Struction” 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo
“Re-Modernologio phase2: Observation and Notation” Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori
“Busan Biennale Sea Art Festival 2011” Busan
“BONE 14 – Performance Art Festival BERN” Schlachthaus Theater, Bern
2010
“UTOPIA OF EXOTIC” PAVILION UNICREDIT, Bucharest
2009
“The Arts of Togetherness” Gendai Gallery, Toronto
2007
“ENSEMBLE OF MEN” Matucana 100, Santiago
“Beauty Farm” Neue Kunst im Hagenbucher, Heilbronn
2006
“Living Art from Tokyo and San Francisco” The Lab, San Francisco
2005
“Ongoing vol.04 – Read Look Look!” BankART1929, Tokyo
“BOY! BOY! BOY!” Ochanomizu Women’s University, Tokyo
“The Experimenter Project” Artpool Art Research Center, Budapest
2004
“Eyelevel Gallery Summer Performance Series 2004” Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax
“While you were away: Mail Art Show” 667shotwell, San Francisco

Selected Performances, Screenings

2015
“OUR BELOVED WORLD” Marugame Inokuma-Genichiro Contemporary Art Museum, Kagawa
“Project Bakawan” University of Philippines Film Center, Manila
2011
“6th Carnival of e-Creativity” Sattal Estate, Bhimtal
“BONE 14 – Performance Art Festival BERN” Schlachthaus Theater, Bern
2010
“Communicating with Thieves” Helsinki
“Tossing Socialist in the Air in Romania” Bucharest
2008
“Make Tama Art University Pikapikapikapika” Tama Art University, Tokyo
“6th DaDao Live Art Festival” Shanghai
“UP-ON First Live Art Festival” Chengdu
2007
“Bucharest Biennale 3 parallel event” National Theater Bucharest, Bucharest
“Video screening II” Lothringer 13, Munich
“East-West Study Project 2007 – The Art of „Encounter“” Koln, Dusseldorf, Hanover
“KargART Video Festival” Istanbul
2006
“INPORT – International Video-Performance Art Festival” Tallinn
“Action Art After Zerojigen Generation” Tokyo
“SPRINGTIDE” Salzau Castle, Schleswig-Holstein

Awards, Nominates, Grants, Scholarships

2019
Harmonic Ito Foundation, JAPAN
POLA Art Foundation, JAPAN
2018
Bildrecht, Austria
Nomura Foundation, JAPAN
Follow Fluxus – After Fluxus2014, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, GERMANY (nominated)
2017
Aethetica Art Prize 2017 Longlist, UK
2016
Future Generation Art Award 2016, Victor Pinchuk Foundation, UKRAINE (nominated)
2015
Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists (long term), Agency for Cultural Affairs, JAPAN
2014
Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists (short term), Agency for Cultural Affairs, JAPAN
Prudential Eye Award 2015, Prudential Contemporary Art, SINGAPORE (nominated)
Future Greats 2014, ArtReview, UK
Follow Fluxus – After Fluxus2014, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, GERMANY (nominated)

Publications

2019
Following Red People in Vienna, PARCO, Tokyo
2018
Welcome Disappointed Welcome Government, Self-publishing, Wien
2017
Till the Demise of Capitalism, Art-Phil, Tokyo
2015
Historically Historic Historical History of Communism (monograph), Art-phil, Tokyo
2013
Reenacting Publicness – Translating Art Work Descriptions into 23 Different Languages (artist book), My Book Service, Tokyo
2010
The Community of Ruin, self-publishing, Tokyo

Public Collections

Otazu Foundation, SPAIN

Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Wroclaw, POLAND

Kadist Foundation, Paris/San Francisco

Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, JAPAN

Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, JAPAN

The Fukutake Foundation, Kagawa, JAPAN

Takahashi Collection, Tokyo, JAPAN

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