As part of the new project Vacant Vernacular, slated to start in 2016, Vacant will present a series of exhibitions in Tokyo bringing together artists from throughout the world. Focusing on changes arising from geographical displacement, those exhibitions will explore how artists’ mentalities and interpretations of their works would undergo shifts differently when they are relocated to unfamiliar environments in Tokyo from foreign regions. With a continuous showing of work created in different cities under the theme of “vernacular,” the series will seek to awaken the sensitivity of the audience, and decipher anew the mutual relationship between “place” and people’s “thought.” Workshops will be held during the exhibition with the artists as a space for each to verbalize the awareness they have of the world’s “cities.” Results of these activities will be archived, and a comprehensive take on the thoughts of the people who come in contact with this “expression” centered in Tokyo will help create an environment for building an ideal mutual relationship among the “artist,” “audience,” and “city (as the stage for presenting the work)” which exist here intrinsically.
Vacant, opened in May 2009, is a free space with two stories located in Harajuku, Tokyo. There are gallery, bar and shop on the first floor and an event space on the second floor. To let creativity be born through meetings between people, it continues to offer free-spirited space. Since its opening, Vacant has been planning and producing independent and cross-genre events and exhibitions, leading the new cultural scene in Tokyo.
This project, curated by Vacant, is planned to kick off with a Berliner photographer Kristin Loschert, a Tel Aviv-based film-maker/photographer Amit Berlowitz and photographer Yuko Noguchi from Oita.
3-20-13 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo 150-0001
VACANT/GALLERY（Shibuya City, Tokyo）