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Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Becomes Art Gallery

Visitors look at a set of noren curtains featuring a poem — one of the artworks on display for “MOT Satellite 2017 Spring by the deep rivers” — at Joshinji temple in the Kiyosumi-Shirakawa district of Koto Ward, Tokyo.

Visitors look at a set of noren curtains featuring a poem — one of the artworks on display for “MOT Satellite 2017 Spring by the deep rivers” — at Joshinji temple in the Kiyosumi-Shirakawa district of Koto Ward, Tokyo.

Yomiuri Shimbun Photographer Masahiro Sugimoto writes: An area popularly known as Kiyosumi-Shirakawa in Koto Ward, Tokyo, is bounded by the Sumidagawa river and canals from the Edo period (1603-1867). The district, which maintains the atmosphere of a “shitamachi” old-fashioned residential area, is now turning into an “art museum.”

Under a project called “MOT Satellite 2017 Spring by the deep rivers,” people are invited to 26 places around Kiyosumi-Shirakawa — which gets its name from the nearby subway station — such as a temple and various shops exhibiting works created by artists, photographers and poets representing the area.

A building that used to be a dagashi snack shop serves as a venue for video installations in which people living both in and outside of Kiyosumi-Shirakawa talk about the area.

A building that used to be a dagashi snack shop serves as a venue for video installations in which people living both in and outside of Kiyosumi-Shirakawa talk about the area.

Among the 26 locations is a building with screens on its walls showing live footage of several spots along local shopping streets. A translucent rock is seen among the white stones covering the floor.

A coffee shop exhibits artworks depicting the surrounding.

A coffee shop exhibits artworks depicting the surrounding.

The event runs through March 20 and is led by Tomoko Yabumae, 42, a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa, which is now closed for major renovations.

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“This is a great opportunity to present the charm of this community through art,” Yabumae said. … (more)

via The Japan News

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