Fiona Amundsen’s installation at the Tokyo Biennale

Photograph by Tada(YUKAI)

Japan’s imperial war efforts and sense of nationalism are explored in an installation called Our Remaining Breath, that’s representing Aotearoa at the Tokyo Biennale.

Kiwi artist Fiona Amundsen has spent several years creating Our Remaining Breath in collaboration with Japanese artists.   Her research including recording the testimonies of Japanese people who lived through the Second World War.

The soundtrack on the video component of the work also includes the sound of Fiona breathing while doing aikido training, a martial art she has trained in for many years. 

Fiona Amundsen & Hiroshi Nakatsuji with Haruyo Nihei, Our Remaining Breath, installed as part of the Tokyo Biennale at Miraiteiban Kenkyu-Jyo, Tokyo, 2021.

AUT Associate Professor Fiona tells Lynn Freeman that the pandemic has meant she’s had to pivot like crazy to complete the work, and it also prevented her from getting to Tokyo for the opening.

Associate Professor Fiona Amundsen’s collaborative exhibition Our Remaining Breath is on show at the Tokyo Biennale.

Site of Tokyo exhibition: Photograph by Tada(YUKAI)

Links: Listen to Fiona Amundsen’s installation at the Tokyo Biennale

Fiona Amundsen spoke to Standing Room Only (Radio New Zealand) about her installation at the Tokyo Biennale. Listen to the interview

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