Photo: Rie Inokuma
Takafumi FUKASAWA (Selected from open call)
Born in Yamanashi Prefecture in 1984; lives and works in Hokkaido.
Fukasawa has organized many social art projects that bring out the potential in people and spaces in regional communities. In 2011, he started Tokuino Bank (Toride Art Project), a “bank” that uses people’s skills as currency, not money; he has since opened other “branches” in Sapporo and Yamaguchi. In 2012, he presented the Storehouse of Emergency Art, a project that translated emergency situations into creative activity, at the Echigo-Tsumari Art Field Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale; in 2014, he opened PHOTOGROUND, a studio that uses soil to develop photographs. In 2015 at the Echigo-Tsumari Art Field Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, he set up the Echigo-Tsumari Homestay Museum, a project in which visitors stayed at local homes and gathered research material, in order to start a new, up-to-date folklore museum. For KENPOKU ART 2016, Fukasawa is focusing on the Satake clan, who despite the four hundred and seventy years of reign over the KENPOKU region, centering around the present-day Hitachi-Ota, was ordered to relocate to Akita by the Tokugawa clan. Together with participants, his project will involve building the hypothetical city of Hitachi-Satake as it may have been, and present its PR campaign at the Umezu Kaikan in the Kujiragaoka shopping area.