One Place to the Other, the Other to the One Before (Shipai Village, Guangzhou)
October 29, 2009
Action, video documentation, 26’57”
This work was shot in an urban village in Guangzhou. The traditional area, which had developed organically with tiny alleys and buildings, will disappear within a few years because of urban gentrification. A self-employed courier was asked to bring many empty boxes from one gate to the other gate then back to the original gate.
Born 1975 in Tochigi; lives and works in Kyoto.
Tanaka graduated from Tokyo Zokei University (BFA) in 2000 and obtained an MFA from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2005. In his diverse art practice spanning video, photography, site- specific installations and interventional projects, Tanaka visualises and reveals the multiple contexts latent in the simplest of everyday acts. His works have been presented around the world, with recent exhibitions at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2018), Kunsthaus Graz (2017), Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito (2016), the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin (2015), the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2014), the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and Tokyo (2013), the Museum of Art, Seoul (2013), and elsewhere. Tanaka officially represented Japan at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013 and received a Special Mention for his project, and was Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year in 2015. Other prominent international group shows and biennials he has participated in include Skulptur Projekte Münster and the 57th Venice Biennale, 2017, Liverpool Biennial, 2016, Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture, 2015, etc.