Artist Kenji Yamada primarily focuses on challenging historical legacy in contemporary society, with a particular emphasis on war heritage and historical ruins. He does this by readdressing conventional wisdom, looking at the interdependent relationship between legacy and society, and illustrating the ways in which historical legacies are embodied in society. The exhibition Transgressive Heritage consists of two projects the artist completed in 2016: one in the UK and the other in China. By exposing the interregional nature of society and through the re-activation of historic remains both in London and Shanghai, Yamada attempts to provide a paradoxical yet tactical approach to counter the unilateral relationship with states and governments, the powerful authors of the history.
In this talk, Yamada will be joined in conversation by Kyoko Iwaki, researcher and Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, to discuss the exhibition and his practice.
Image: Smurfed remain [installation view], 2016, four channel video installation, 90 mins © Kenji Yamada
Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle)