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Revisiting Mr. Yasuda’s Footsteps
Tang Han

A contribution to the (Re)Search and Share program of the Kunsthaus.

„Revisiting Yasuda-san’s Footsteps“ by Tang Han was commissioned as part of the exhibition „Listening to the Stones“ curated by Miya Yoshida in collaboration with Christiane Mennicke Schwarz and Kerstin Flasche at the Kunsthaus Dresden 2021/2022. „Revisiting Yasuda-san’s Footsteps“ refers to her work „∞ Container“ (2021, single-channel-video, 7’50“), shown in the exhibition.

In the exhibition space, we often only see the completed artworks – art, however, is continuously created, in a process of growth and change. The format (Re)Search & Share offers the possibility of a presentation of research, processes, intermediate states and artistic fields of experimentation. The artists‘ contributions in (Re)Search & Share offer the possibility of thematic deepening, of a change of perspective and of presenting material that often cannot be made accessible to the visitors of an exhibition.

Mr. Yasuda, a retired mathematics teacher, has always been fascinated by paleontology and geology. My visit to his Kyoto home in 2019 allowed me to observe his stone collection and view some of the places he has visited before.

Tang Han: ∞ Container, still, 2021
Tang Han: ∞ Container, still, 2021
Mount Kinsho Fossil Museum
Mount Kinsho Fossil Museum
The mines of Kinseisan
The mines of Kinseisan
Mount Kinsho Fossil Museum
Mount Kinsho Fossil Museum
Tang Han: ∞ Container, still, 2021
Tang Han: ∞ Container, still, 2021
Tang Han: ∞ Container, still, 2021
Tang Han: ∞ Container, still, 2021

“Containers can be enormous or tiny, open or closed, mobile or fixed in place, and their functions are also equally variegated.”

“In containing, they can conceal and so they create a world within that is separate from the world outside: a partly hidden inner world that can be extracted from the temporality of the outside world.”

  • Sina Najafi, „Thinking inside the box: An Interview with Gerhard Wolf“, Cabinet (Issue 60), Winter 2015-2016, p.69

 

Tang Han: ∞ Container, still, 2021
Tang Han: ∞ Container, still, 2021
Tang Han: ∞ Container, still, 2021
Tang Han: ∞ Container, still, 2021
Tang Han: ∞ Container, still, 2021
Tang Han: ∞ Container, still, 2021
Tang Han: ∞ Container, still, 2021
Tang Han: ∞ Container, still, 2021

Special thanks to Kazuyo Nakamura, Hirokazu Yasuda, Hiroko Yasuda and Miya Yoshida.