It's been 20 years since the Great Kobe earthquake!
Despite being hit hardest by the disaster, Shin-Nagata has recovered successfully.
Using the area as a stage, Kobe biennale took the main role in using art to further promote revitalization of the area. Six art festival organizations within the Hyogo prefecture area along with the artists active at those festivals created works to connect different regions with Nagata.
Nishinomiya Funasaka Biennale / "Sora wo tsumugu, aida wo tsumugu ±±± (Sasasa: Hiroko Sasaki, Shun Sato) + Kengo Shibatsuji
Woodcraft Folk Art Ooya / "Tabereruno?", Yozo Tanaka
Tamba Sasayama Machinami (Historic Street) Art Festival / "Heijima – Himitsukiji no youna mono"('Heijima – Secret base -like thing') Akira Kondo (sculptor, iron), Maki Shimizu (painter), Shunsuke Nakanishi (photographer), Sumiyo Honiden (sculptor).
Besides the art festival, we would like to introduce some other highly recommended art spots in Shin Nagata.
The area surrounding Taishosuji shopping street, where the art festival was held, was 90-percent destroyed in the fires that followed the quake. In the town area, where some old houses still remain, Monohishizao Gallery can be found along with the old Futaba elementary school among others – some of the old downtown-like features of Nagata can still be seen.
How about going for a walk around the Nagata area and learn about the earthquake while viewing some amazing art!
Started: 10th (Sat) January 2015
Ended: 11th (Wed) February 2015
Venue: Shin-Nagata Astakunizuka & Taishosuji shopping street
Organizers: Art de Genki Network promotion council, Kobe Biennale organization committee
Inquiries: Kobe Biennale Organization Committee Office
17th floor, Building 1, Kobe City Hall,
6-5-1 Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe City
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Futoshi Hineno
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