New writing as part of ‘Noguchi: Resonances’ project at the Barbican

Noguchi: Resonances
A Digital Residency by Annie Jael Kwan

New writing as part of ‘Noguchi: Resonances’ project at the Barbican
Oct 2021-Jan 2022

Developed by independent curator and researcher Annie Jael Kwan as part of a digital residency at the Barbican, Noguchi: Resonances is a collaborative exploration in response to Noguchi, an exhibition celebrating Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988).

From October to December, Annie Jael Kwan has invited artists, curators, and thinkers from across the UK and Global Asias to reflect together on the themes related to Noguchi’s artistic legacy, transnational lived experiences, and his voluntary internment at Poston in solidarity with Japanese Americans that were forcibly relocated and incarcerated during World War II in the USA.

Featuring contributions by Yarli Allison, Alexandra ChangYoungsook ChoiChong Li-ChuanGeorge ClarkRei HayamaMarci KwonAdriel LuisMing TiampoMika Maruyama and Nine Yamamoto-Masson.

For my contribution to the December displatches I wrote a new letter to Annie Jeal Kwan, Yarli Allison and Youngsook Choi as well as initiating a new path of correspondence with LA based artist Margaret Honda. The collected letters can be read here: https://sites.barbican.org.uk/noguchi-resonances-december-despatch/#_ftn1

Mure Shikoku, Japan, 1960 – 1988. The Noguchi Museum Archives, 07508 ©INFGM / ARS - DACS
Isamu Noguchi, Mure Shikoku, Japan, 1960 – 1988. The Noguchi Museum Archives, 07508 ©INFGM / ARS – DACS
Sift, 1992, 92.17a-c, 2013 Reconfigured sculpture: melted steel, copper, brass, stainless steel5 elements: 3 x 3 x 13-1/2" to 5 x 3 x 13-3/4"Collection Long Beach Museum of Art, Photo credit: Yongho Kim
Margaret Honda, Sift, 1992, 92.17a-c, 2013 Reconfigured sculpture: melted steel, copper, brass, stainless steel 5 elements: 3 x 3 x 13-1/2″ to 5 x 3 x 13-3/4″Collection Long Beach Museum of Art, Photo credit: Yongho Kim