4 Jun - 29 Oct 2023The Willet-Holthuysen House
ANOHNI, Erika Yasuda and Julia Yasuda
Artist ANOHNI presents a mixed media exhibit: SHE WHO SAW BEAUTIFUL THINGS. The installation includes a series of portraits honoring ANOHNI’s former collaborator Dr. Julia Yasuda, taken by Julia’s late wife Erika Yasuda in Tokyo in the early 1980s, and exhibited here for the first time.
There are also guided tours of the exhibition by junior curator Dorine Maat. Reservations for these are required.
Erika Yasuda's portrets
Within the collection of the Huis Willet-Holthuysen in the centre of Amsterdam, ANOHNI layers photos, silkscreened fabrics, sculpture, video, sound and paintings from her own artistic practices within a selection of Erika Yasuda’s extraordinary portraits. The works reflect an insular and delicately composed vision of enlightened femininity and luxuriant androgyny, persevering in memory despite historical and ongoing existential threats.
I like the concept of ‘animism’ - that everything is alive, in an ongoing a process of transformation -and that all materiality is imbued with a certain presence, even a sense of memory that we might not entirely understand. I work with veils as a way to”
Kunstenaar, muzikant, theaterregisseur
Video: ANOHNI talks about her muse Julia Yasuda.
Born in England, ANOHNI lives and works in America as a musician, visual artist and theater director. In 1995 she founded her performance group The Johnsons, with which she performed with symphony orchestras in opera houses around the world, including Sydney Opera House, the Royal Opera House in London, Teatro Real in Madrid and Carnegie Hall in New York.
ANOHNI has presented exhibitions of her visual work at the Nikolaj Kunsthal, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, The Hammer Museum, The Kitchen and Sikkema Jenkins Gallery in New York. She co-facilitated the art project FUTURE FEMINISM presented at The Hole, New York in 2014 and was part of ANOHNI's artistic residency in Aarhus, European Capital of Culture in 2017.
Limited Edition Boek
The book SHE WHO SAW BEAUTIFUL THINGS featuring work by ANOHNI and photographs by Erika Yasuda is available exclusively at the exhibition. Signed copies are also available.
Dorine Maat, junior curator at the Amsterdam Museum, will guide you through the exhibition Sep. 10.
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