Kohei Maeda

Breathing, 2021, Three-chanel video & instalation, 9:30 min
All images courtesy of the artist

Kohei Maeda, a native of Tanabe City in Wakayama Prefecture, has been creating works based on the relationship between people, nature, and events, using his own experiences as a guide. This work was inspired by the “Kozanji-style earthenware” found at the ancient temple where the exhibition will be held. It can be said that this work visualizes the layers of prayer, time, and wisdom of the mountains where spirits, gods, and Buddha reside.

About the Artist

Kohei Maeda
Born in Wakayama in 1991. He studied at Paris National School of Fine Arts Ecole des Beaux-Arts as an exchange student, and graduated from Otemae University, Faculty of Media Arts, Department of Art Studies in 2015. He also completed the Department of Painting, Concept and Media Planning course, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Kyoto City University of Arts in 2017. He is interested in relationships and the distance of people, nature and things, and continues his exploratory journey with various perspectives. Based on his own actions and experiences, he presents his work such as videos and performances, both at home and abroad. His projects include “Mandalabo”, which follows the philosophical ideas of Minakata Kumagusu. Currently, he is based in the share studio "SSK (Super Studio Kitakagaya)", on the site of the former dockyard in Osaka. Major exhibitions include "Methods of Connection" Kyoto Art Center, solo exhibition "Pangasianodon Gigas" Kyoto City University of Arts Gallery @KCUA, and solo exhibition "Itomu" Gallery PARC. He won the Kobe Mayor's Prize at Rokko Meets Art Art Walk 2019.

Editor: Aura Contemporary Art Foundation