Photo: JOSH ROBENSTONE
Ken + Julia YONETANI
Began collaborating in Australia, in 2009; lives and work in Kyoto.
Focusing on political and environmental issues facing the Earth today, their work is both beautiful and imbued with a critical perspective. In Australia, the artists gathered salt from a region suffering from environmental damage due to increasing salinity levels, and using a technique they developed themselves, shaped and molded it into a nine-meter banquet table for exhibition. Viewers undergo a transformation in their reception of the work, from one of initial enchantment to a sense of ominous discomfort after learning of the social concerns that it reflects. In addition to representing Australia at the Venice Biennale (2009), they have exhibited at the Singapore Biennale (2013), and had a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia (2015). For KENPOKU Art 2016, they plan to exhibit one of their representative works, “Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nuclear Nations” (2012), in which multiple uranium glass chandeliers glow green amid the darkness.