The Museum of Anthropology (“MOA”) at UBC presents Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia on display May 11 – October 9, 2017. Honouring the special significance that written forms hold across many diverse cultures in Asia, the multimedia exhibition will examine how artists have reinterpreted written words as visual expressions.
Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia
Where: Museum of Anthropology (UBC, 6393 NW Marine Drive)
When: May 11 – October 9, 2017
From Sumerian cuneiform inscriptions and Qu’ranic manuscripts, to Afghan graffiti and digital creations from Japan, the texts in many styles represent physical traces of time and space, evoking the ephemeral and eternal.
Traces of Words will take place in the Audain Gallery at MOA where contemporary artworks and Islamic calligraphic works from the Aga Khan Museum will be shared. Other supplementary exhibitions include highlights from the museum’s Asian collection displayed in MOA’s Multiversity Galleries; and throughout the month of May, a satellite exhibition at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC will display Asian materials from the UBC Library Collections.
The combined exhibition represents an enormous diversity of calligraphy, painting, digital and mixed media works. Through paper, silk, clay, woodblock and digital projections, Traces of Words invites visitors to experience and sense the works, and gain an appreciation for the cultural significance of Asian writing beyond reading and writing.
The exhibition is expertly curated by socio-cultural anthropologist Dr. Fuyubi Nakamura, who joined MOA as its Curator for Asia in April 2014. She specializes in the anthropology of art, museum studies and the material and visual cultures, especially of Asia.
Sisyu + teamLab, What a Loving, and Beautiful World, 2011
Interactive digital installation calligraphy by Sisyu, sound by Hideaki Takahashi
Courtesy of the artists and Pace Gallery
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