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Setouchi Triennale 2013 – the Artists


The names of the artists who have been invited to the Setouchi Triennale 2013 have been know for a few weeks now (you already knew that if you follow me on Facebook or Google+), but the list has been published in English only very recently on the official site.

I’m sharing this list here with you, as well as links to the artists’ pages (official or about them depending on what I could find), as well as a few words about them if I have some.

The official site mentions that this list may have some changes in the near future (at the very least the artists in the last section will be attributed a site sooner or later).



  • Tadao Andō (Japan). I don’t think I need to introduce him to you, he’s mentioned quite regularly on this site. If needed, you can check his wikipedia page as well as his official site. From what I understand he’s currently building a “house museum” I guess in a similar fashion as the Art House Project.
  • Hiroshi Sambuichi (Japan).
  • Taira Nishizawa (Japan).
  • Yōichi Midorikawa (Japan). He was a photograph who dies in 2001. I guess this will be an exhibit dedicated to him.


Yayoi Kusama Yellow Pumpkin
Of course, permanent works of art from the previous festival or even before that will be there and are not listed here.



  • Craig Walsh & Hitomi Tango (Australia / Japan).
  • Chiharu Shiota (Japan). She already took part in the 2010 edition of the Setouchi Art Festival with Farther Memory that you can still see on Teshima (although I doubt it will stay permanently).
  • Chiyoko Todaka & Kenji Tokunaga (Japan). Chiyoko Tokada also took part of the Setouchi Art Festival in 2010 with Teshima Sense, sadly the only artwork on Teshima that I missed.
  • Masato Nakamura (Japan)
  • Mike & Doug Starn (United States)
  • Tadanori Yokoo (Japan). He too was already on Teshima in 2010, although I never really talked about him on the blog (yes, believe it or not, there still are a few artworks from the Setouchi International Art Festival 2010 that I haven’t talked about on this blog. I’m not too sure if it’s very relevant to do it two years after the facts. I may or may not, we’ll see).


Teshima Art Museum 03
When you go to Teshima, do not miss the Teshima Art Museum under any circumstances.



  • Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music (Japan). They are the “tenants” of the Megi House (where I still haven’t been despite the fact that I saw it being built even before I knew there was going to be  major art festival in the area).
  • Maaria Wirkkala & Timo Torikka (Finland)
  • Shinro Ohtake (Japan). I’ve mentioned him on the blog a few times. He has done oa few of the permanent artworks on Naoshima (including the now quite famous Naoshima Bath). I’m pretty happy to learn that he’s going to contribute to making Megijima better looking.
  • Takahito Kimura (Japan). He already did Sea Gull’s Parking Lot on Megijima. I have to admit that it’s not my favorite piece of art, that may be why I haven’t talked about it yet (although it seems that it’s a permanent artwork).
  • Yasuyoshi Sugiura (Japan). Ceramist.



  • Onba Factory (Japan / Takamatsu). The Onba Factory is not ready to leave Ogijima yet. It’s work is not finished. Let’s hope it never will be.
  • Bunpei Kado (Japan)
  • Takeshi Kawashima & Dream Friends (Japan / Takamatsu). The contents of the place regularly changes (actually I should go soon to see the newest exhibit), but the gallery itself is not going anywhere. And while the Dream Café is currently closed, I’m pretty sure it’s getting ready to reopen soon.
  • The Group 1965 (Japan and Brazil). Oscar Oiwa had done an amazing work of art during the 2010 Setouchi Festival which sadly was completely destroyed by a fire. He had however won the Festival’s Grand Prize and as such, was automatically invited to the 2013 Triennale. So he’s back, but with a few friends this time, namely: Makoto Aida, Sumihisa Arima, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Parco Kinoshita and Hiroyuki Matsukage. I’m really curious about what they’ll do.
  • TEAM Ogi (Japan / Takamatsu). What is that? A new group of artists? In a sense yes, but they’re not completely unknown to the regular readers of this blog as this group is led by no other than Yoshifumi Oshima, Onba Factory’s heart and soul. If I don’t know the details of the project just yet (but I’ll make sure to ask him next time I see him), I know that basically Mr. Oshima – after having embellished the life of Ogijima’s women (onba are mostly owned and used by women on the island) – intends to do the same with the men of the island. You can be sure I’ll keep you informed of the project’s developments.
  • Takashi Nishibori (Japan). He was already on the island in 2010 with Uchiwa Bone House. I haven’t talked about this piece for an unknown reason, but I need to at least show you pictures soon.
  • Keisuke Yamaguchi (Japan)


You & I (Nawa) Pillar at the entrance of Takeshi Kawashima & Dream Friends Gallery.



  • Yume Akasaka (Japan)
  • James Jack (United States). Apparently he already has art on the island and is/was artist on residence there.
  • Noboru Tsubaki (Japan). Another familiar face. In 2010, he was the only artist to present two art projects, the two of them were in Takamatsu: PROM et Project Sea-Light.
  • Choi Jeong Hwa (South Korea)
  • Straw Art Team of Musashino Art University (Japan). So it seems that Straw Art is returning to Shōdoshima and that my friends is great news.
  • MeiPAM (Japan / Shōdoshima). This is an art gallery on this island. You can read all about in this great article. I have meant to pay it a visit for months now, still haven’t had the opportunity (I can’t believe I haven’t been on Shōdoshima since the Setouchi Festival).
  • Kenji Yanobe (Japan)
  • Kana Yoshida (Japan / Shōdoshima)
  • Wang Wen Chih (Taiwan). He had already built the wonderful House of Shōdoshima two years ago. I can’t wait to see what he will build this time.
  • Fukutake House. It’s a temporary gallery that pops up here and there around Japan in various art festivals and such. In 2010, it was on Megijima, but I have to admit that what was in it was pretty much the only things I disliked in the Festival back then. Let’s hope that this time it’ll be an pleasant surprise.


straw art
Straw Art



  • Seizo Tashima (Japan). Glad to see that another artist is coming to Oshima. I think that it needs to become more and more a “normal” island. Let’s hope the Triennale helps with that.
  • Art for the Hospital Project, Yasashii Bijutsu (Japan). I’m also glad to see that this project is not going anywhere.





  • Kyoko Taniyama (Japan). She did the adorable Rainy Lane on Ogijima in 2010. I know that she’s currently doing (or has just done) something at the public swimming pool near Sunport. It may be her contribution to the 2013 Triennale. I’ll need to go check it out with my own eyes I think.
  • Project for Sea-Light in Takamatsu. Glad that Project Sea-Light is back. Not only those paper and light statues are wonderful, but also the project actively involved a large number of Takamatsu residents. It really was an art project from the people and for the people. I’m not 100% that Noboru Tsubaki will direct it this time too, but I suspect that he will.
  • The Modern Picture Scroll of the Battle of Yashima in the Genpei War. Interesting name for sure. I like to see that local history is also becoming part of the festival.
  • “The 100th anniversary of the birth of Kenzō Tange” Project.
  • Bangladesh project (temporary name).


Project Sea Light in Takamatsu 2010
Project Sea-Light in Takamatsu 2010




  • Miho Shirai (Japan)
  • There are other projects for the Uno Port, but their name wasn’t translated on the list. More details later for sure.









  • Shoko Toda (Japan)
  • Artist in residence on Awashima.



  • Ryō Toyofuku (Japan). He made Treasure Ship on Shōdoshima in 2010.


Site wide

  • Katsuhiko Hibino (Japan)
  • Setouchi International Symposium
  • Team BankArt Setouchi (Japan)
  • Lin Shuen Long (Taiwan)


Artists whose site is still undetermined (or at least unannounced)

Among the artists taking part in the Triennale, some are invited, some were selected after having sent an application. I suspect these are the latter.


 I guess that’s all for today.

As usual, I’ll give you updates (either here or on the usual social media) as soon as I have some. In the meantime feel free to check the various linked sites out to get ready for the Setouchi Triennale 2013.



10 thoughts on “Setouchi Triennale 2013 – the Artists”

  1. Ashley at No Onions Extra Pickles

    This looks like such a fantastic event! Chances are slim to none that I’d be able to make it back to the area for next year’s Triennale, though I’m seriously looking into attending the 2016 Triennale.

    1. Let’s hope you make it as early as possible. 🙂
      I intend to report this one as thoroughly as I’ve done with the previous (although if I have more time to visit, I’ll have less time to blog about it, we’ll see how I’ll do that)

      1. Ashley at No Onions Extra Pickles

        Haha…I know how you feel: more time out = less time blogging. Excited to follow your coverage!

        1. That, and the fact that back during the 2010 festival I used to work from home and I could plan my days/weeks the way I wanted (which allowed me to go to the Festival in the first place), so I could blog daily with full posts no problem.
          Now I have a full time job out of my house and I don’t get to decide my hours (and I’m a dad), so my blogging time has been drastically reduced (hence the abondance of very short posts, and the huge backlog of future posts that doesn’t get any smaller).

  2. Hello David,

    Thanks a lot for the informtion on the artists of the festival. I was in the Setouchi islands in 2011 and loved our visit to Naoshima and Teshima. I am thinking of coming back to visit the Setouchi Triennale this year probably in autumn but would you know a bit more on the events that will take place in the 3 seasons and also will there be different art works for each season or are all the art works staying throughout the whole period? Many thanks

    1. Ann, my main advice is to make sure you follow the blog in the upcoming weeks and months, as well as the official site.
      On the original islands (the ones that took part in the Triennale in 2010). Some of the art won’t be installed before the Summer, but will be available for both Summer and Fall. Of course, the art that will be available in the Spring, will also be for the two other seasons.

      On the new islands, the situation is a bit different, as the art there will be available for only one session, depending on the island (Shamijima in the Spring, Ibukijima in the Summer, Awajima in the Fall, I’m not sure yet for Honjima and Takamijima).

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