SNOW Contemporary is pleased to present Kota Takeuchi's solo exhibition “Blind Bombing” from Friday, March 8th to Saturday, April 13th, 2019.
Takeuchi was born in 1982, and received B.F.A. at Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Fine Arts, Intermedia Art in 2008. He currently lives and works in Fukushima, Japan.
In his previous activities, Takeuchi has highlighted consciousness of viewers of the disaster as well as self-consciousness of anonymous performers by suddenly appeared in front of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant live monitoring camera as an agent of a Finger Pointing Worker in his solo exhibition "Open Secret" (2012 / SNOW Contemporary, Tokyo), or traced buried memories including artifacts in "Sight Consuming Shadows" (2013 / Mori Art Museum, Fukushima), or captured our landscapes in which we acquire information from our hand (=mobile phone) in "Eyes on Hand" (2014 / SNOW Contemporary, Tokyo). Furthermore, he disclosed the state of human memory through tracing the path of the stone monument tour documented in the book he encountered at a library in Iwaki, Fukushima, in his solo exhibition “Photographs turn stone monuments into mere stone, but even so people take them” (2017 / SNOW Contemporary, Tokyo), and has continuously been disclosing the nature of media and its recipients through intensive research and presentation in variable forms of art, including paintings, sculptures, photography, or installations.
In 2017, Takeuchi was selected as a fellow of Japan-United States Arts Program by Asia Cultural Council, and completed a residency in the United States where he implemented an inspection of former nuclear development facilities, and research on Japan-US war related matters. This exhibition will present his video and photographic works based on the history of balloon bombs dropped by the Japanese army from 1944 to the following year during World War II. The video work Blind Bombing, Filmed by Bat was created from his field work in California, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Michigan, Montana, Wyoming, Fukushima, Kitaibaraki, and Chiba, referring to the US military records. We are delighted to present the latest body of work by Takeuchi, who has explored memories and legacies in Japanese modern history across his oeuvre, based on cross-border research in Japan and the United States.