Me & My Japanese:
The concept of this work is me and my Japanese. The intention is to interact with my Japanese friends. I want to represent the entire character as an accumulation of broken small cells. The shadow is a mirror image which will interact with its other opposite half.
The neon light represents the glow and glitter of Japan. The blue colour is because it is surrounded by the oceans. In spite of Japan’s history and its struggle with natural disasters it still remains to be one of the most inspiring countries.
- Koustav Nag
The Exhibition with Two Artist's Koustav Nag ( Research Base Artist )Kolkata (Masters Of Fine Art) & Ronny Sen (Journalist with photographer )Kolkata (B.A,Mass Communication and Journalism)
Recently finished the JENESYS Research Residency, funded by Japan Foundation. Two emerging Indian artists, Koustav Nag and Ronny Sen, visited Japan under the Jenesys Creators' Invitation Programme 2012 and undertook a residency programme to produce creative works and develop network with their peers in Japan. During their 3-month stay, they met various people, visited several places, and presented their works to the locals. See them portray their experiences in this show.
"Creative Platform is a series of exhibitions, performances and other creative activities that embody the experiences of international exchange between Japan and India."
They had a residence program in Tokyo and Sapporo for 3 months this year, and they will show their experiences through new works.
Koustav Nag residency in Tokyo Wonder Site Japan & Ronny Sen Residency in Saporo in Japan.(for 3 months) is an extension of the Jenesys program, giving a chance to showcase there work in New Delhi,India .
This is also a first program of Creative Platform Series, sharing with all Indian artists and professionals through any kinds of cultural activities on this platform.
Exhibition: On Going At:
JENESYS Creators Exhibition – Young Indians Artists at The Japan Foundation, 5A Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar IV > 11am-7pm on 31st October-24th November 2012
Ronny Sen is an independent photographer based in Calcutta, India. He graduated in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of North Bengal. His works have been published and exhibited in many countries. Since 2006 he has been awarded by the Sony World Photography Awards, National Geographic Magazine, Shoot Nations by the UN, Powerhouse, The Forward Thinking Museum, Canon Emerging Photographers and The Lonely Planet Magazine.
In the year 2012, he is nominated for the Magnum Emergency Fund and also nominated for the fourth edition of Prix Pictet. He was selected by the Indian Foundation of Arts to represent Indian at the World Young Artists Event in Nottingham, England and JENESYS Creators' Program in Sapporo, Japan by The Japan Foundation.
Koustav Nag is an experimental research based artist from India. He has started his career from working toward his undergraduate and graduate degrees in fine arts from art school. He has completed MFA at Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan 2007.
After completing his graduate degree, he has started working as an independent artist. He started to work with inter disciplinary medium from The Study Time, while it was still a new and unexplored genre in India. Since 2006 he has been selected by International Exhibition in Japan, Denmark and US, and received awards and scholarships by several art institutions and exhibitions. During the JENESYS Creators' Program at Tokyo Wonder Site, he responded to his immediate environment and an unfamiliar visual culture through innovations in his art practice.
Sharing the Wonder of Japanese Culture with the World
The Japan Foundation (Kokusai Koryu Kikin),founded in 1972 as a non-profit, special legal entity by special legislation in the Japanese Diet, has become an Independent Administrative Institution on October 1, 2003 under the "Independent Administrative Institution Japan Foundation Law". The purpose of the Japan Foundation as stipulated in that law is to contribute to the improvement of a good international environment, as well as the maintenance and development of the harmonious foreign relationships of Japan, through deepening other nations, understanding of Japan, promoting better mutual understanding among nation's encouraging friendship and goodwill among the peoples of the world, and contributing to the world in culture and other fields through the efficient and comprehensive implementation of activities for international cultural exchange.
Apart from its own activities, the Foundation is also authorised to extend financial assistance and support to organisations in the private sector involved in cultural and intellectual exchange or educational programs through undertaking joint sponsorship program or by providing grants.
The Japan Foundation New Delhi was officially established in January 1994 and since then has been carrying out the Foundation's programs successfully.
NPO S-AIR was set in 1999 as an organisation which runs artist in residence programmes in Hokkaido. The Agency for Cultural Affairs was initially the primary funder for the organisation. In 2004, S-AIR was registered as a NPO (Non Profit Organisation) and since then, the programmes have been run by S-AIR and Inter Cross Creative Centre, ICC (run by Sapporo Electronics and Industries Cultural Foundation). S-AIR has built various links between artists, arts centres and organisations both nationally and internationally. In the past ten years S-AIR has invited 57 international artists from 27 countries to take part. In addition to the residency programme, S-AIR has developed a series of other art projects such as 'Art Akebono 04-05' and 'Artist in School'. These community art related projects have taken place in local communities and primary schools. S-AIR initiated the S-AIR Award in 2006. Since then the annual award has provided opportunities for two local artists or creators to carry out residencies abroad. Along with the residency and community projects, S-AIR runs other cultural programmes such as Arts NPO Forum 2004, as well as, concerts, talks and workshops. S-AIR is committed to developing its established links internationally whilst promoting and supporting the local arts infrastructure in Sapporo and appropriately, S-AIR has currently in development plans to set up an Arts Centre in Sapporo.
Tokyo Wonder Site is an art center dedicated to the generation and promotion of new art and culture from the heart of Tokyo. While TWS Hongo supports and nurtures young talent in all fields in programs related to the government-hosted "Tokyo Wonder Wall" exhibition of works chosen from among entries from the general public, TWS Shibuya is a hub in a global cultural network of affiliated cultural facilities in Japan and abroad, and at once a platform for both new talents and internationally active creators to exchange and showcase their works. In addition, TWS Aoyama:Creator-in-Residence opened in 2006 as a venue for creative individuals from all genres and nationalities to pursue their respective work in a shared process. Through various joint programs, the three venues will continue their broad array of artistic activities in order to provide creators with a stage for creative work.