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Aperto 14

HARADA Yuki: Waiting for

2021.6.15 (Tue.) -
2021.10.17 (Sun.)

HARADA Yuki, Waiting for, 2021
© Yuki Harada


Period :
2021.6.15 (Tue.) - 2021.10.17 (Sun.)
HARADA Yuki: Waiting for ※We will close the exhibition from July 31 to September 12.
Venue :
Long-Term Project Room / 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
For More Information:
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Phone: +81-76-220-2800
E-Mail: info@kanazawa21.jp

About the Exhibition

Throughout his career Harada Yuki (b. 1989) has dealt in artists and art forms such as Christian Riese Lassen, and ghost photography, which despite occupying a solid position in the visual culture of a particular era, languish on the margins of art history.
This solo outing will consist of a video installation incorporating “Waiting for,” Harada’s first new series in two years.
In 2017, Harada began collecting photos mainly picked up by junk removal contractors, and subsequently unwanted. 2019’s One Million Seeings shows the artist personally taking in his hand each one of these photos and examining it. This act of casting an eye over images that were once seen by someone, then abandoned, and which will eventually disappear from both memory and history, took a whole twenty-four hours.
Meanwhile, the work Waiting for, Harada’s latest offering and first in his “Waiting for” series, uses the CGI (computer-generated imagery) technology employed in the production of open world games to present “scenes from a million years ago/in the future.” In a world created entirely through artificial means, a voice recites the names of all the animals existing on Earth, in a work sure to summon up strong sensations of absence.
At first glance contrasting works, both One Million Seeings and Waiting for document humans engaging with vast amounts of information and attempting to incorporate it. The artist refers to this act as “Waiting.” The act of looking at something that once existed, and waiting for something that might visit, could be described as entrusting oneself to the temporal void between before and after an event. In an age when people pick up, and simultaneously let go, enormous volumes of information on a daily basis, “Waiting for” will offer one man’s approach to engaging with the world.


Related Events

Artist talk
Venu: Lecture Hall (TBC)
Admission: Free
Advance booking unnecessary
*Any updates regarding of the artist talk date will be announced through the Museum website and twitter.

About the artist


Born 1989 in Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Taking as his motifs widely-recognized elements of visual culture, Harada Yuki pushes human physical, cognitive, and emotional boundaries to explore some of the viewpoints giving rise to the landscapes of the modern world, in an eclectic practice encompassing live-action video, performance, CGI, curation, and books, with a focus on topics as varied as the painting of Christian Riese Lassen that took Japan by storm during the high-rolling asset bubble years of the ‘80s, the ghost photography that for a time drove the nation’s craze for the occult, and CGI of the sort employed in open world games. Among his solo exhibitions is “One Million Seeings” (KEN NAKAHASHI, 2019), and his publications, Essays on works and reception of Lassen in Japan (Film Art, 2013). He completed his MFA at the Department of Inter-media Art in the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts.

About the “Aperto” Series

The exhibition series “Aperto” introduces up-and-coming young artists in a solo exhibition format. As an art museum actively engaged with the contemporary world, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa looks closely at new trends now in the process of forming. Artists and curators collaborate in creating occasions for exhibiting works and act as an intermediary between today’s creation and that of the future. This exhibition series looks at individual artists who, although having little experience with solo or important group exhibitions at art museums, possess sufficient creative motivation to command a solo exhibition and who are expected to make a significant impact in the future. Artists are selected without regard for their nationality or expressive media by the curator at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Note: “Aperto” is Italian for “open.”


    HARADA Yuki One Million Seeings 2019 © Yuki Harada

    HARADA Yuki Waiting for 2021 © Yuki Harada

    HARADA Yuki Waiting for 2021 © Yuki Harada


  • Yuki Harada "Waiting for" Trailer 1

  • Yuki Harada "Waiting for" Trailer 2

  • Yuki Harada "Waiting for" Trailer 3


Organized by:
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Kanazawa Art Promotion and Development Foundation)
In Cooperation with:
Slacktide Co., Ltd.