The Port Eliot Festival
27th & 28th July 2019
Image: © Alexander Gehring
Nestled in the high branches of a Summer tree,
Hiromi Nakajima will read from her first book "Short Notes”.
This twilight performance Trees Talking will present an intimate glimpse into the writings: often times a ribaldest psychic maze that tears ideas into fragments. With the scent of dreams, here is an indigo world where a casual fib can teach us not to forget the smallest of secrets.
Hiromi Nakajima’s versatility as a communicator is in evidence through her images and writings. Working in diverse media
from delicate pen and ink to spray-painted water colours, often
creating impressionist Rorschach images. Occupying a
liminal space of translation where mountains can at once metamorphose into anatomies of breath before our eyes.
"Story Of Chocolate/Cacao
History Of Chocolate/Cacao
Secret Of Chocolate/Cacao
Her poems and extensive texts playfully engage with a range of subjects from fairytale imagining to existential reflections all served up with the hesitance of a 21st century subjectivity.
Hiromi Nakajima has performed and exhibited artworks in Japan and Europe including Turner Contemporary Margate and
Leaving Language for The Folkestone Triennial.
"The Bread Man"
Image: Bread Man © Julia Waugh
Tatsumi Orimoto, The Bread Man, will present ideas on “Communication Art” as well as commentary on themes
prevalent in his artworks. During this talk there will be
screenings of a specially curated film extracts plus
photographs from his extensive archive.
Following this event is a rare opportunity for the audience members
to be made up with French Sticks and Cornish loaves and contribute to the creation of a living sculpture. Tatsumi Orimoto will then lead a slow procession through the festival site.
Tatsumi Orimoto has created a unique relationship to performance, film and photography by inviting an audience to become essential participants in the production of artworks.
Within a monumentally prolific career that spans more than
45 years, Tatsumi Orimoto began working as an artist with
Nam June Paik and Joseph Beuys and continues across decades
to participate in museum and Biennials throughout the world.
Known for his seemingly bizarre activities such as
"The Bread Man”, where he appears with his face obscured with French bread sticks, this persona is a clear example
of what Tatsumi describes as “Communication Art”.
The more recent "Art Mama" series has captured the
public’s imagination as it provided an insight into
the way an artist took a universal theme such as ageing
and transformed it into an inspirational portrait of intimacy.
"My mother is 91 years old and has become unable to
walk by herself. Perhaps, the worldview may be tougher
on her existence, but she looks glorious in my work!"
Often incorporating found materials and elements of
humour he has ensured that his art is not allowed to drift
too far from the lived realities of most people. In the era of
instant imaging his strategy seems like a prophetic
paradigm, revealing the importance of photography in the construction of identity and memory: to hold onto our
experiences we have to become producers of our own mythology.