Embodiment of Water
As rice grains lose their shape and transmute into sake, performances transform an installation
Roberta Lima’s practice focuses on her own body through work that questions the role of the artist and viewer. The media she employs is varied, including photography, video, and installation.
In autumn last year, Lima spent a week accompanying a female chief brewer at Shoutoku Shuzo in Fushimi, Kyoto, learning not only about the sake brewing process but also how she became a chief brewer. Long overseen only by men, women were forbidden even from entering sake breweries in the past. If we return to the actual roots of the craft however, women were originally deeply involved with sake brewing. Today women are working as chief brewers all over Japan.
Through this encounter, Lima came to understand the importance of water. What function has water played in communities in Japan? And how can water be used as a metaphor for resilience and to help emancipate women from antiquated attitudes? Embodiment of Water comprises of three performances staged in the same space as an installation, with contact Gonzo’s Yuya Tsukahara also appearing as a performer. The performances intervene in the space, changing the installation each time.
In Japan, a feminist revolution has already begun—not in isolated ways, but collectively. Lima is motivated by the desire to discuss these changes and also continue developing them.
- [Installation] 10.6(Sat)-10.21(Sun)
Kyoto Art Center
- Vienna, Austria/ Helsinki, Finland
Born in 1974 in Brazil, Roberta Lima is an Austria artist based in Vienna and Helsinki. After graduating with a degree in architecture in 2001, Lima moved to Vienna where she earned a Master’s degree in Fine Arts in 2007 and her PhD in Philosophy in 2013. Thereafter she worked as lecturer and Assistant Professor for the Contextual Painting Class at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Lima focuses on her own body as the theme for her work and uses various media, such as photographs, video and installations. Her work also investigates space and appropriates aspects of different places and contexts for producing art and starting discussions on the role of artist and viewer. She has exhibited and performed internationally at festivals such as Wiener Festwochen and Donaufestival. In 2007 she was awarded the “H13 Prize for Performance”. In 2018 she was awarded Austrian Citizenship based on the merit of her accomplishments and contributions to the nation.
|Installation and exhibition design||Roberta Lima|
|Camera||Roberta Lima and Lauren Klocker|
|Performers||Roberta Lima and Yuya Tsukahara (contact Gonzo)|
|Stage manager||Ayumu Okubo (KWAT)|
|Production coordinator||Haruna Hirano (Kyoto Art Center)|
|Research cooperation||Maho Otsuka (SHOUTOKU SHUZO Co., Ltd.)|
|Support by||the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2018 (Installation), Japan Foundation for Regional Art Activities [New Vision – Performing Arts / Gender / Society] (Performance)|
|Commission by||Kyoto Experiment|
|Presented by||Kyoto Experiment, KYOTO STEAM—World cultural exchange festival—Executive Committee|