Introducing the new exhibition at Ki Gallery, PIRKANOKA-EZO, by Akira Tanisugi, on from 22 February until 6 May, 2018.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of “Ezochi”; the region now known as Hokkaido.
Many regions in Hokkaido bear their names from the language of Hokkaido’s indigenous people, Ainu, including the word Ezochi. Among thoe regions, the ones that are the most scenic are known as “pirkanoka”, meaning, “beautiful shape”.
This exhibition by Hakodate-born Tanisugi, celebrates some of these most magnificent regions through photographs. Within the artworks, beautiful words, in both Japanese and Ainu, are printed on traditional Japanese paper or “washi” (known for its longevity).
The artworks are dedicated to kamuy (the spiritual being) with the hope that the artworks will last for not only 100 years but for the next 1,000 years. The artworks show appreciation for Hokkaido’s unique history over the past 100 years.
The exhibition is free of charge and located on the 1st Floor, across from the Ki Gift Shop.