From February 9 to Jun 10, CNAC LAB will be screening the film, Project for a Masquerade (Hiroshima), by the British, Turner Prize-winning artist, Simon Starling. This is the first presentation in Tokyo of the film, which had its world-wide premiere in an exhibition held from January to April 2011 at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art.
The collection of the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art includes a bronze work by the British master sculptor of the 20th century, Henry Moore, Atom Piece, acquired in 1987. Like a historian, in his film Starling uses the 16th-century Noh drama, Eboshi-Ori, as a foil for unraveling the complex background behind Atom Piece, and Cold War-era structures of politics, nuclear development and art, as well as the relations between the diverse characters who gave rise to the seminal events of the era.
Moving between the multi-layered stories that connect each Noh mask, and the differing formalized means of expression of Noh drama and contemporary sculpture, Starling creates a remarkably inventive and subversive story that pulls together diverse references from both Western and Japanese cultures and histories.
As we approach a year since the events of March 11, 2011, this exhibition provides an important opportunity to revisit Starling's film, which rethinks notions of "common memory and history," and embodies the artist's strong intellectual stance, with its considered opposition to nationalism.
1F CoSTUME NATIONAL Aoyama Complex, 5-4-30
Minamiaoyama, Minato-Ku, Tokyo