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UTSUROI LIVE ARCHIVES November 24 – December 19, 2020
Focus: Philippine – Japan Collaborations and Co-creations.
In collaboration and partnership with Japan Foundation Manila. 

The period between 2014-2020 has generated mobility and collaboration opportunities for contemporary artists across Asia. Supported by the Japan Foundation Asia Center, these notable collaborations and co-creations particularly between Philippines and Japan respond to dynamic socio-political and cultural landscapes while making way to the creation of network and development platforms for artists contributing to practice and thought-making in the region. 

As the world faces the challenges brought about by a pandemic, forcing artists to rethink models of cooperation and continuing collaborations, we look back to the history of exchanges as we attempt at collective visioning of the future., through its pioneering online series the UTSUROI Live Archives, will feature the works and interviews of  contemporary Filipino and Japanese artists  such as: Eisa Jocson, FUJIWARA Chikara, ISHIGAMI Natsuki, TAKEDA Riki, Guelan Luarca, Tuxqs Rutaquio, Issa Manalo Lopez, Chesca Casauay, Andrei Pamintuan, Sipat Lawin Inc, among others. Directors of Japan-led artist meetings and network exchanges MARUOKA Hiromi (Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama) and TADA Junnosuke (Asian Performing Arts Farm 2020) will talk about the relationship between Japanese and Philippine artists, and the future of cultural exchange programs.

The Japan Foundation is the only institution dedicated to carrying out Japan’s comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world.

With the objective of cultivating friendship and ties between Japan and the world, through culture, language and dialogue, the Japan Foundation creates global opportunities to foster friendship, trust and mutual understanding.

The Japan Foundation was established in October 1972 as a special legal entity supervised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In October 2003, it was reorganized as an independent administrative institution. As the 18th overseas office, the Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM), which was founded in 1996, is active in three areas: Arts and Cultural Exchange, Japanese-Language Education and Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange.