Acknowledged as the first artist to send a bonsai into space, the Japanese Azuma Makoto will be present at BIENALSUR 2019 with a record of his botanical sculptures – a series of works made with flowers and plants of striking beauty that reveal a strong connection with nature, landscape and biodiversity.
Following the ikebana tradition, his exploration of the lifecycle of flowers from the moment they are sown to their final decomposition has turned him into a pioneer of flower art and an internationally acclaimed artist.
“Flowers remind us of our bond with life”, says this artist born in 1976, who has created flower installations for fashion shop windows and important runway shows for Fendi, Dior and Hermes, among other brands.
In a joint initiative with an aerospace base in Sacramento, USA, in 2014 Makoto became the first artist to send a bonsai into space and produce a photographic record, which made it possible to obtain extraordinary images of the mini tree suspended in the stratosphere.
In 2018 the BIENALSUR team travelled with the Japanese artist to Salinas Grandes (Jujuy), where he installed his flower sculptures in the white desert landscape in the north of Argentina, producing images of breathtaking beauty. His work was also set in Okinawa (Japan), where a video production team from the UNTREF (Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero) was invited by the artist to record the creation of one of his flower sculptures.
The result of this production will be part of the 2019 edition of the biennial from June to October at the MUNTREF- Centre for Art and Nature, a museum devoted to artworks related to nature and the environment located in the venue of the former city zoo, a future Eco Park.