April 20 – November 24, 2024

Artist Yuko MOHRI (ACC2014) will represent Japan at the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, curated by Sook-Kyung Lee.

Mohri’s practice is characterized by the transformative nature of ordinary objects and common situations. Her installation More More (Leaky) is originally inspired by various ad hoc efforts (bricolage) seen in Tokyo subway stations to stop water leaks. The service staff often use everyday items such as plastic bottles, buckets, and hoses to cope with the small “Crises,” widespread in the city with frequent tectonic activities. Mohri artificially created leaks and then attempts to fix them in this work, improvising with a variety of common household goods she found at antique furniture stores and flea markets in the vicinity of the Biennale site.

Water is diverted into a number of small passages and circulated by pumps, changing leaks to contained liquids that builds a large kinetic sculpture. The work embraces the open ceiling, the distinctive feature of the Japan Pavilion’s architecture, allowing raindrops to enter the space when it rains. We are reminded of the increasing floods in this precarious time of climate emergency, especially in the context of Venice, a city constantly threatened by floods. 

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