photos by Prum Bandiddh


Reborn-Art Festival -Altruism and Fluidity- ”Anarcho-Animism’’

This exhibition introduces six Asian artists from the collection of Aura Contemporary Art Foundation, all of whom explore the relationship between nature and society in Zomia culture. Zomia and the Oshika Peninsula have common geographical conditions, both being surrounded by the sea and mountains. These natural features have nurtured a bountiful philosophy and spirituality related to the natural environment. Crossing the boundaries between nature and culture, life and death, nation and Zomia, the exhibition raises the question of how people can coexist in a world without rulers through anarchistic thought.

Curation: Production Zomia
Venue: Central Ishinomaki Area

Production Zomia
Formed in 2021 as a network of artists, curators, and other arts professionals in Asia.
Recent activities include organizing ”Trans-local Migrants on the Water - Contemporary Art from the Mekong Region" (2021, Semba Excel Building, Osaka).
The term "Zomia" refers to the mountainous regions of mainland Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar) and southern after the Tibetan and Myanmarese word "Zomi" (highlander).
ZomiaThey isare characterized by dispersion/migration and oral traditions, escaping any form of state control such as taxation, military service, slavery, etc. They are also a people who believe in animism and live in an egalitarian society.
There is a theory that some of the people of the Zomia were driven from the plains and migrated to mountainous areas, while others fled to the sea or rivers and continued to migrate through the "Zomia on the Water".

Reborn-Art Festival -Altruism and Fluidity- ”Anarcho-Animism’’
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Reborn-Art Festival 2021-22 Second Term Altruism and Fluidity
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[ Period ]
  August 20 (SAT) – October 2 (SUN), 2022
  *Closed on August 24 (WED), September 7 (WED), 14 (WED) 
[ Venue ]
  Ishinomaki City 
   (Central Ishinomaki, Memorial Park area, Watanoha),
  Oshika Peninsula
   (Momonoura-Oginohama, Ayukawa)
  in Miyagi Prefecture
[ Viewing Times ]
  Ishinomaki City area
   10:00 - 17:00 (final admission at 16:30) 
  Oshika Peninsula area
   10:00 - 16:00 (final admission at 15:30)
  Saturdays, Sundays, Public holidays 
   10:00 - 17:00  (final admission at 16:30)
  *Hours may differ depending on the facility and work.