Anna Witt
Aichi Triennale 2019
Group exhibition curated Yoko Nose
Aichi Triennale
Aug 1 - Oct 14, 2019

“Many concerns are shared around the world today. At the source is anxiety—the anxiety of an uncertain future, and the anxiety of feeling unsafe and vulnerable to danger. Uncertainty makes people anxious, makes them figure that it is more reasonable to treat gray matters as black and white, and understand the world in terms of oppositions. However, Humans are capable of lending a hand and offering solidarity to others in need on the spur of the moment, even if their traditions and ideals are different or it is against their rationally conceived interests. Though the problems facing humanity today have their causes in jō (emotion and information), it is this very same jō (compassion) that can break through these problems. They say that the etymology of the word “art” can be traced to the Latin word ars and corresponds to the Greek word techne. “Art” referred generally to the “skill (ars) of commanding knowledge and methods informed by classical knowledge.” We must develop the skills (ars) for taming jō (emotion and information) with jō (compassion). This is precisely the original definition of “art.” From Aichi, a leading region in the manufacturing industry, and a unique society that is at once a metropole and on the periphery, Aichi Triennale 2019 explores the middle grounds of various oppositions, to recapture the lost original domain of art.”

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