West Encounters East (WEE) is a project that rethinks the significance of cultural exchange, emigration, ethnicity and diversity by identifying and engaging emerging and established Latin American artists of Asian heritage.
Writer Anna Kazumi Stahl, Ph.D., will speak on “The Japanese Beauty of Shadows,” addressing the Japanese cultural aesthetic as it relates to light and dark. “Light and dark are opposites in the West, but the Japanese sensibility sees them as juxtaposed, even as balanced,” Dr. Kazumi-Stahl remarked. “Classical Japanese voices can initiate us in this aesthetic, which is also a mood, a way of being. So too, in modern times, a gesture of faint light can invite us still to experience this special sense of beauty.”
Denise Mattar, curator of the WEE exhibit and former director of SÃ£o Paulo Modern Art Museum and Rio de Janeiro Modern Art Museum, will talk about Japanese immigration to Brazil, with an emphasis on this large population’s integration into the Brazilian art scene. She will also introduce and examine the works of seven Latin American artists with Asian heritage: Cristina SÃ¡, Takashi Fukushima, Yutaka Toyota, Kazuo Okubo, Megumi Yuasa, Valeria Yamamoto and Guillermo Ueno. Ms. Mattar affirmed “Light and Shadows” represents a recurring theme for Japanese artists who immigrated to Brazil and their descendents.
West Encounters East (WEE) Mission
Our vision is to explore the fusion of Eastern and Western artistic traditions in the works of Asian artists who live in the West. It’s our sincere belief that bridging the gap between cultures through art promotes better communication, mutual tolerance and respect.
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