Turn" Project at the Timoteo Navarro Museum


Within the framework of the second edition of the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of South America, BIENALSUR 2019, , since July 5, the Provincial Museum of Fine Arts Timoteo Navarro of San Miguel de Tucumán is exhibiting the "Turn Project", by Japanese artist Katsuhiko Hibino. Meanwhile, on July 8 at 5.00 pm an actuation will take place together with the Japanese artists Shogo Nunoshita and Mai Sone, from Hibino's team; and Alejandra Mizrahi and Paulo Vera, BIENALSUR's workshops.

"Turn" is an artistic activity of social inclusion that seeks the exchange between people with different stories. It works with minority communities, seizing the capacity of art to bring people together. And the work of art arises as a result of that interaction between a group of artists and a given community. 

The actuation that will take place on the 8th in the museum consists of a tour and workshop open to the public in which, in addition, ten of the artisans who operated the works and teachers of schools N° 213 and 217, of Quilmes and El Bañado, whose students participated in the realization of the exhibited pieces, will also participate.

"Turn" is a project designed by Katsuhiko Hibino, within the framework of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to be held in Tokyo in 2020, and is replicated in different countries. The aim is to celebrate the differences between human beings and cultures as well as to promote the exchange of knowledge and traditions.

BIENALSUR 2019 together with Katsuhiko Hibino thought of the Argentine Northwest zone (NOA) to develop the second edition of Turn in the framework of the Biennial, to explore the exchange between two ancestral cultures such as the Japanese and that of the native peoples of the Diaguita-Calchaquí Valley of the province of Tucumán.

The meeting resulted in an exchange between people with different histories, trades and knowledge, this time with the participation of Japanese artists Mai Sone and Shogo Nunoshita.

Mai Sone worked with the  school 213 of Quilmes together with craftsmen, with the Japanese technique of weaving Sakioro, while Shogo Nunoshita worked with the  school 217 of El Bañado, applying techniques of ceramics. Alejandra Mizrahi, a Tucumán artist, and Paulo Vera, a musician and artist, collaborated as assistants and translators.

Organized by the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF), the second edition of the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of South America takes place from May to November 2019 with the participation of more than 400 artists, who present their works in simultaneous exhibitions, distributed in 43 cities of twenty countries, through more than one hundred venues with which BIENALSUR works jointly and collaboratively.

The exhibition "Turn" can be visited until August 18 inclusive, Tuesday to Friday, from 9 to 12.30 and from 03.30 pm to 07.30 pm; Saturdays and Sundays from 03.30 pm to 07.30 pm; holidays from 04.30 pm to 07.30 pm at the Provincial Museum of Fine Arts Timoteo Navarro (9 de Julio 44) in San Miguel de Tucumán as part of BIENALSUR 2019.

About Katsuhiko Hibino

He is a Japanese artist and scholar, Dean and professor of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Tokyo University of the Arts. He develops collaborative projects with communities in various regions, combining art and social function. He participated in the Venice and Sydney biennials and the Setouchi Triennial. His works have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Japan and abroad. His work was presented in several exhibitions in galleries and museums.