Aya Momose – Screening & Talk, Video Exhibition

Aya Momose: Screening & Talk

Date: Thursday, February 8, 2024, 18:30-
Venue: theatre room, building 7, Ohashi Campus, Kyushu University
Target: Open to public
Language: Japanese with English consecutive interpretation
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Aya Momose: “An interview with Mr. Kinoshita: Detaching the Voice” (2013), single channel video, 25:30min

Date: February 8th- 10th and 13th – 14th, 2024 (12 noon-5pm, played at every full and every half hour)
Venue: Visual & Audio Lounge, Design Library, Ohashi Campus, Kyushu University

Aya Momose is a visual artist who predominantly works with video, video installation, and performance. In this screening, a selection of her videos will be presented and introduced by the artist, from early works to her most recent productions.

Momose’s moving-image works are closely related to her performances. Many of them center around interpersonal relationships and how encountering others and being in dialogue with one another shapes, and unsettles, our social identities. When touching various subjects, such as family relations, Greek mythology, sexuality, reproductive rights, real and digital bodies, as well as the medium of video itself, Momose stages (daily) life as an open process and encourages her audiences to remain curious and to engage with its complexities.

Aya Momose’s video “An interview with Mr. Kinoshita: Detaching the Voice” (2013) is exhibited in the Visual & Audio Lounge of the Design Library. In this early video work, made by Momose while graduating from art school, the complexities of our most common way of communicating in daily life: through spoken language, are explored. The video starts out as a conventional-style interview with clearly assigned roles: the artist interviews the architectural historian Tomotake Kinoshita about his experience of being deaf. Over time, the conversation turns into a two-people performance: speech interpretation, lip-reading, ambiguity and misinterpretation of the Japanese spoken language are experimented with. The piece challenges our prejudices about oral communication and a shared understanding of spoken language.

Aya Momose (*1988 in Tokyo, lives and works there), studied at Musashino Art University, Tokyo. Recent solo exhibitions include: “Momose Aya: Interpreter”, Towada Art Center (2022/23, Aomori, Japan); “Born to Die” switch point, (2020, Tokyo, Japan); Recent group exhibitions include: “Incubation Pod. Dreaming Worlds”, Theater der Welt, (2023, Frankfurt am Main/ Offenbach, Germany). “MOT Collection: Membrane of the Time / Breathing”, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (2023, Tokyo, Japan); “Aichi Triennale 2022” Aichi Arts Center, (2022, Nagoya, Japan); “FEMINISMS”, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, (2021, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan). Recent awards: Takashiyama Art Award 2023. Recent screenings: ROHM Theatre Kyoto, Japan; Ann Arbor Film Festival, Arbor, USA (2023), Gender Research Library, Nagoya University, Aichi, Japan; Queer East film Festival Rich Mix, London, UK (2022), Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions (2021).