Reworking is Keiko Sato's first solo exhibition in Annie Gentils Gallery.
Location: Peter Benoitstraat 40, 2018 Antwerp, Belgium
for more information: www.anniegentilsgallery.com
The work of Keiko Sato (Iwaki City, Japan 1957) interweaves Western and Asian thinking. Reworking, the title of the exhibition refers to the act of revising something in order to improve or reuse it in a different context.
Keiko Sato uses materials and objects made for consumption which she transforms in art works. Their meaning and character are emphasized as well as destroyed in a different context.
The ground floor of the gallery is totally used for the installation The Earth 2010.
Keiko Sato: 'I collect the smoked cigarette butts and ashes in cafés. They were already used for the sake of smoking. I first follow the nature, structure, quality, and the meaning of materials and objects that I am dealing with. I believe that the emotional meaning of cigarette butts lies in the fact that they are a remnant of human behavior and desire. Ashes imply that something was burnt. They represent the process of disappearance and death.
In the end, I use this emotional meaning and the organic structure of objects to give form to my work. This installation can be associated with devastated land with black soil, but yet some cigarette butts are standing like a strong creature.'
On the first floor of the gallery a second installation and five objects, a
How to tell a story of my father a beautiful poetic publication by Keiko Sato is still available at Jap Sam Books. This book consists of her art work about her father, combined with a series of interviews with cultural and political figures from her father's generation. It also reflects the experiences, interviews and ideas that arose during the making of her project.