Despite facing discrimination and prejudice in Japan, the indigenous Ainu people have maintained their own culture and art. The Ainu have developed their art through their everyday life and it has its own unique value and beauty. Surprisingly, Ainu art has been largely ignored in Japan but has received attention in other countries such as the UK.
In this seminar, Toru Kaizawa, an Ainu artist, will talk about his passion for Ainu contemporary art and about his work which will be displayed at the British Museum from September 2018. Professor Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere will explain why she values Ainu contemporary art and how Ainu traditional art still exists in modern life. Professor Simon Kaner will then explore the beauty of Ainu art from a historical perspective.
This seminar aims to raise awareness of Ainu contemporary art and has been organised in collaboration with various institutions, including Hokkaido University and the Sainsbury Institute.