Japanese expat unveils ‘chiyogami’ exhibit

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Filipnos had the rare opportunity to view the works of Japanese artist Atsuko Yamagata at the Fragmented Histology exhibit in SM City Baliwag.

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The exhibit featured unfolding conversations between two cultures: that of Japan, Atsuko Yamagata’s place of birth, and as well as that of the Philippines, her space of residency and art practice.

Fragmented Histology unveiled chiyogami (traditional block printed paper) and newspapers as the central medium. Her works revealed elements of design that resounded portions of learning from two different places.

Yamagata’s works are inspired by her life in the Philippines – women, nature, and histology. She tries to look at her inner self as she travels between two cultures.

Random action paintings were done on the spot by Yamagata, while the UP Kontra-GaPi performed contemporary and instrumental music, representing the artist’s love for music.

The Embassy of Japan’s Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission Consul General Tetsuro Amano graced the event together with Bulacan Vice Governor Daniel Fernando, Baliwag Mayor Dr. Carol Dellosa, and the NCCA’s Architect Andrew de Guzman. Mark Villanueva of the Baliwag Historical Association and SAMPACA president Jimmy Veneracion also attended the event. SM City Baliwag mall manager Architect Andrew G. Cristobal welcomed Yamagata and her special guests.

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