Group Exhibition

Larnaca Biennale 2023

Larnaca Biennale 2023


To the Sea, with Her Names

Larnaca Biennale 2023 Report Exhibition

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The idea behind the exhibition "To the Sea, with Her Names" originated after Jun'ichiro ISHII’ s participation in the 2nd edition of the Larnaca Biennale in 2021. After coming back to Japan, he was inspired to return to Cyprus after resonating with the works of the late poet Édouard Glissant, with one of the participating artists, Kei Ota. When ISHII invited me to this exhibition, most of the world was busy dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. My location in Taiwan naturally made me ponder whether hidden connections existed beyond these isolated islands. Moreover, I wondered what lasting insights the ongoing global pandemic, conflicts, and disasters would leave behind for the interconnection between all of us.

Text : Shaoan Huang

Kei Ota


Kei Ota received her BFA in Studio Art from New York University in 2013 and relocated to Kyoto, Japan in 2018. She has exhibited her work in the United States, Japan, Sweden, and Germany, and has attended residencies in the US and Japan. She is a recent MFA graduate from the Global Seminar program at the Kyoto University of the Arts. She continues to live and work in Kyoto as an artist and translator.

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Kuo-Wei Lin


Born in 1982 in Taiwan, Kuo-Wei Lin moved to Paris in 2000 and enrolled at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon in 2002. After attending the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig in 2005, he earned a Master of Art degree from Chelsea College of Art in London in 2007. In 2010, he participated in projects at the Institute für Kunst im Kontext, Universität der Künste Berlin, and in 2012 he earned his Meisterschüler at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee. The transience of Lin’s life as a long-term Taiwanese expatriate constantly influences his observations.

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Christine Cheung


Graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a BFA from the University of Calgary. She has exhibited internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions, curatorial programs, and residency programs. Lives and works in Berlin.

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Jun'ichiro ISHII


Since 2004 ISHII has been traveling on the margins of art / through interlocal settings in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, making and presenting works in over 20 countries. In addition to participation in the Larnaca Biennale (’23/’21 Cyprus), Artisterium (’13/’11, Georgia), Moscow Biennale for Young Art (’10), TashkentAle (’10/’08, Uzbekistan), and Istanbul Biennial: “Nightcomers” (’07), his work has been shown in a number of group and solo exhibitions.

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Mizuki Kajihara


Born 1993 in Osaka, based in Kyoto, Mizuki Kajihara graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design (Kyoto University of the Arts) in 2016 and received her MA from the same university in 2020. Major residencies include ARCUS project (Ibaraki, 2022), Cité internationale des arts (Paris, 2021), exhibition "Not so slow, but not so fast." (KUNST ARZT/ Kyoto), group exhibition "FIERLD WORK" (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum).

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Ryuji Onari


He has been exploring the expression of sound, light, and fragrance inherent in space by diversifying the material “Urushi”. He studied under Miki Hyoetsu, the fourth generation of Kyoto lacquerware artist, and won the Obaku Excellence Prize at the 2019 Japan Sencha Craft Exhibition, the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Prize at the 2020 Lacquer Ware Association Youth Exhibition, and others.

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Shaoan Huang / Curator


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