Two of most impressive works are exposed at Pavillon of Japan and Korea. Chiharu
Shiota’s installation “The Key in the Hand” , curated by Hitoshi Nakano of the
Kanagawa Arts Foundation, transforms the ambience of the pavilion into a container
for memories. Dominated by the colour red, the installation comprises thousands
of keys attached to the end of each piece of yarn suspended from the ceiling.
Keys are familiar objects, used in our daily lives to protect what is valuable –
houses, assets, personal safety. While using them, we embrace them in the warmth
of our hands. Keys are receptacles of countless, multi-layered memories, and
at one point in our lives, we entrust them to someone close, who will guard our
important things and accumulate more memories together with us.
Two old wooden boats at the centre and back of the gallery move through the sea
of memory and collect individual memories. Four videos show small children talking
about their memories from before and after birth, sharing them with visitors and
allowing them to discover their own hidden memories.
Republic of Korea- “The Ways of Folding Space & Flying” by Moon Kyungwon and
Jeon Joonho is curated by Sook-Kyung Lee, Research Curator at Tate Research Centre.
The duo have created an immersive multi-channel film installation that explores an
archaeological quest into human civilisation, featuring a cyborg-like woman
inhabiting a futuristic whitewashed space without any direct contact with the
natural world. The future-retrospective narrative interweaves history with visions
of the future, while also alluding to the institutional structure and historical
evolution of the Biennale.