Since then, each island has formed its own culture. however, globalization and increased homogenization has caused the islands to slowly lose their characteristics due to the aging and decreasing population of the islands.
Setouchi-Artfest aimed to bring vitality back to the islands of the area.
The event featured the work of 75 artists, from 18 countries and regions who brought forth new discoveries in the workings of our daily life. The islands have become the stages, through which elements of life related to art, focusing on the islands' lifestyles and history, were exhibited.
|suh do ho-"net-work"|
|nakanishi nakai "a town between the sky and the sea"|
|takashi nishibori "uchiwa bone house"|
|takeshi kawashima& dream friends|
|kyoto taniyama "rainy lane"|
periodically releasing a shower of water, making it look like its raining, even on a sunny day. in the past, water was so scare on ogijima, that islanders had to haul it from a well at the top of the hill.
taniyama's installation reminds us of the importance of water and its relation to island life.
|yoshihiro suda "gokaisho"|
The name of the site, 'gokaisho', is derived from the fact that local villagers used to gather here to play 'go', an ancient board game. the art space's interior is strewn with yoshihiro suda's camellia blossoms which have been carved from wood, paralleling the five-hued flowers of the camellia tree that is planed in the site's garden.