Artists and their World: The view from contemporary Japan ― a discussion with members of the Dandans collective


The Japan Society is delighted to welcome the Dandans collective to London, in advance of their first UK exhibition.

A diverse selection of artists from Dandans, practising in different styles and mediums, will give short presentations on their work before joining the audience in a group discussion.

By presenting a broad cross-section of young artists, this event hopes to highlight some themes informing contemporary and traditional artistic practice in Japan. The discussion will include subjects such as the unique challenges of making art in Japan, the influence of Western and Japanese traditions and the role the artist plays in Japanese society today.

Dandans is a platform for promoting young Japanese graduate artists. The name comes from the Chinese character ‘dan’ meaning ‘group’ and the French word ‘dans’ or ‘in’. The ethos of the group is that the artists should have total freedom, to challenge and create as they wish, without the boundaries and hierarchies of some artistic groups. Each exhibition involves a dialogue between all the artists participating.

Date: Tuesday 15 October 2013, 6.45pm
Venue: The Japan Foundation, Russell Square House, 10-12 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EH

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