Past Exhibitions

Ishu HAN

Our Condition

July 1 - August 5, 2017


Opening reception:

Saturday, July 1, 2017 18:00-20:00


We are pleased to announce the Ishu HAN exhibition "Our Condition" on view from July 1st to August 5th, at URANO.


Ishu Han, born in Shanghai in 1987, moved to Aomori Japan at the age of nine. In 2012, Han received a MA in Inter Media Art at Tokyo University of the Arts and currently lives and works in Tokyo. Using his body and everyday materials, Han works in a variety of media including film, installation, photograph and painting. Han's practice evolves around the idea of relationships between individuals and collective entities such as society and nation. His work suggests how social conditioning that was formed ac- cording to time and place by the systems of authority could disrupt the development of individuals' identity.


Han's works were included in notable exhibitions including "Asian Anarchy Alliance" at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan, 2014), "Whose game is it?" at Royal College of Art (London, 2015), "In the Wake - Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11" at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (Boston, 2015) and the Japan Society (New York, 2016). Apart from these exhibitions, Han presented a work at a group exhibition "Sights and Sounds: Highlights" at the Jewish Museum (New York, 2016). Han also participated in artist-in residency in New York in 2015. In 2017, his solo exhibition "The Drifting Thinker" was held at MoCA Art Pavilion in Shanghai.


In the last exhibition "As far as I know" at URANO, Han presented Musical Chairs (2015) a video installation which was projected on both sides of a screen. One side displays five men playing musical chairs using large stones as chairs on the land of Tsushima that appears only at low tide. The reverse side shows the land gradually disappearing beneath the water towards the high tide. While the black-white video speaks of the territorial dispute about the island, the scene where the water gradually covers the land after the game's winner left represent more than a single political message. This work transcends a predetermined definition of territory, allowing viewers to feel the presence of nature and beauty.


This exhibition features ten works including video works as well as a two-dimensional work Margins (2017) a collage of margins scraped from textbooks. Life Scan Fukushima (2014) which was presented in "In the Wake - Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11" a group exhibition touring across America. A new video work that captures a story of tracing a stranger's footprints in a snowfield and will be displayed on a large screen of 2 x 6 m. In other new work, A dream about stopping the waves (2017), Han in the uniform of security guard persistently repeats a single action - trying to stop waves. Repetition of the same action is commonly seen in Han's new video works. Often being considered as a pointless act as everyday routines, repetition in his work signifies his continuous approach to confront questions and contradictions. Han’s humorous yet sincere approach is visually translated into the beautiful white-and-black world, while continuing to confront us with questions - Where do we stand? Where are we heading? What conditions are defining who we are?


We hope this information finds you well and that you will cover this exhibition in your media.

  • A dream about stopping the waves

    A dream about stopping the waves

    2017 / 16min. 15sec. / Video
  • Untitled

    Untitled

    2016 / 19min. 15sec. / Video
  • Exhibition view of "Our Condition"

    Exhibition view of "Our Condition"

    2017 / URANO, Tokyo, Japan / Photo by Fuyumi Murata
  • Exhibition view of "Our Condition"

    Exhibition view of "Our Condition"

    2017 / URANO, Tokyo, Japan / Photo by Fuyumi Murata
  • Exhibition view of "Our Condition"

    Exhibition view of "Our Condition"

    2017 / URANO, Tokyo, Japan / Photo by Fuyumi Murata
  • Exhibition view of "Our Condition"

    Exhibition view of "Our Condition"

    2017 / URANO, Tokyo, Japan / Photo by Fuyumi Murata
  • Exhibition view of "Our Condition"

    Exhibition view of "Our Condition"

    2017 / URANO, Tokyo, Japan / Photo by Fuyumi Murata