musée d'art contemporain
de Bordeaux


09.11.2011 -> 05.02.2012

On the Water, Shimabuku

During the year 2010-2011, the Berlin based Japanese artist Shimabuku was invited to a residency jointly organized by the CAPC musée d’art contemporain and the Bordeaux School of Fine Arts, as a result of which he is now showing On the Water, an exhibition which is based on fisherman aesthetic he found during his stage in Bordeaux and, more particularly, his discovery of the lamprey.


Shimabuku’s work is based on anecdote. As a result, his existence is staked out by “little stories” which may be marginal or haphazard. These micro-events of everyday life give rise to encounters, tales and images which lie at the root of his different systems and devices, be they installations or documentary films.
During his stay in Bordeaux, the Japanese artist worked his way into the local heritage. By meeting oyster-farmers, producers of ham, and restaurant owners, he had a special opportunity to follow the different stages in the production of the lamprey--an unusual fish looking very much like an eel, which periodically makes its way up the waters of the river Garonne—from the way it is fished on the river banks to the moment when it is sampled in the plate.

On the Water is organized in conjunction with the artist’s solo show at the Vassivière Island International Art and Landscape Centre. Titled Il vaut mieux éviter tout contact avec les forms de vie extra-terrestres/ Man should try to avoid contact with alien life forms, this exhibition will be on view from 13 November 2011 to 26 February 2012.


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