Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Intimacy and Distances: Artist & Curator Talk

Intimacy and Distances: Artist & Curator Talk

Saturday, September 16, 2023

2 – 4 PM 

Centre A; 205 – 268 Keefer St., Vancouver, BC, V6A 1X5 

No RSVP required.


Join us in person at Centre A for an artist talk in conjunction with our current exhibition, Intimacy and Distances, with Tokyo-based interdisciplinary artist Maiko Jinushi and guest curator Makiko Hara. The artist and curator will be joined by artist Akira Takaishi. Takaishi’s solo exhibition, Place Far Away From Anyone or Anywhere, at CSA Space is happening in collaboration with Centre A. 

Find out more about Intimacy and Distances here.


Artist Biography:

Maiko Jinushi, born 1984 in Kanagawa, Japan. Lives and works in Tokyo. Jinushi obtained her MFA in Painting from Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan, and recently participated in a residency at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, the Netherlands in 2019-20. 

Her work has evolved from drawings and novels on themes of personal tales, to the creation of a new form of literary experience that comprehensively combines elements including video, installations, and performances. 

Her recent solo exhibitions include “MAM Project 031: Jinushi Maiko” (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2023), “Brain Symphony” (Hospitale Project, Tottori, Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo, 2020), “Sound of Desires” (Hagiwara Projects, Tokyo, 2018). Recent group exhibitions include “Universal / Remote” (Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Kumamoto, 2023), “Till We Meet Again IRL, Best Wishes, Asia-Art-Activism (Co-curated by Annie Jael Kwan, Arianna Mercado, Cuong Pham and Howl Yuan)” (Online, 2020), “The Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions” (Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, 2019), “The Ecology of Expression -Remaking Our Relations with the World” (Arts Maebashi, Gunma, 2019), “Zero Gravity” (Matadero Madrid, Madrid, 2015), “Koganecho Bazaar 2014” (Koganecho area, Kanagawa, 2014). 

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Akira Takaishi (born/resides in Japan, b.1985) has been creating land art, installations and implicit paintings showing distorted spaces using twisted perspectives. Through them, Takaishi focuses on hole-shaped structures as convoluted reflections of societal structures and individual identities, at times somewhere to escape into, and at the same time, be trapped by. Takaishi has had numerous solo and group shows, and recently also curated a group show ‘Subterraneans’ at Gallery ?M, Tokyo (2021).

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Curator Biography:

Makiko Hara is an independent curator, lecturer, writer, and art and cultural consultant based in Vancouver, BC. Makiko Hara received The Alvin Balkind Curator’s Prize in 2020. From 2007 to 2013, she was the Chief curator / deputy Director of Centre A —Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. She has worked with many visual artists on a variety of international projects as an independent curator, including: ScotiaBank Nuit Blanche, (Toronto, Canada, 2009), AIR YONAGO, Tottori Geijyu Art Festival (Yonago, Japan, 2014-15), Fictive Communities Asia-Koganecho Bazaar (Yokohama, Japan, 2014), Rock Paper Scissors, and Cindy Mochizuki, (Yonago City Museum of Art, Tottori, Japan, 2018). Hara was appointed to the Advisory director of the International Exchange Center, Akita University of Arts, Akita, Japan in 2017-2020. Hara is a co-founder of Pacific Crossings, BC based curatorial platform since 2018 that has initiated and organized numerous conversations, residency and online /off line cultural exchange across the pacific. Hara founded My Kitchen Anthropology Museum in 2020 in response to the Covid 19 Pandemic lockdown, and held Hank Bull and Marcia Crosby solo exhibitions. Recently Hara was a guest curator for Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite and curated Lani Maestro (2022-23) and Pedro Reyes (2023-24).   

Maiko Jinushi photo credits: Marisa Shimamoto. Akira Takaishi photo credits: Guenter Zorn.

Accessibility: The gallery is wheelchair and walker accessible. If you have specific accessibility needs, please contact us at (604) 683-8326 or [email protected].

Centre A is situated on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. We honour, respect, and give thanks to our hosts.