Benoît BROISAT “Furusato”

Benoît BROISAT “Furusato”Benoît BROISAT 《Bonneville》2007 (12' 30") collected by Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Gallery Yamaki Fine Art is pleased to hold an exhibition of Benoît BROISAT (born in 1980 in Bonneville, France), young and recognized French artist who has been energetically examining the mechanism of representation by using a wide range of media including drawing, installation, photography and digital animation. His first solo show at our gallery will focus on the crossing-over of personal/collective memories through his early representative work “Bonneville” and two new projects for this exhibition.

Bonneville” (2007) is the representative work of Broisat with over 1000 drawings composed in an animated video. In this work, Broisat tries to reconstruct his hometown, Bonneville, from the fragmented memories of his real experiences as a child. This landscape of memory is gradually interwined with the viewer’s own memory, raising new individual stories. Christian Boltanski, the first person who first introduced Broisat in Japan as curator, writes about this work: “I think that what is characteristic of the work of the artist is that he speaks about his village but each viewer thinks: “That’s my village.” Everything we do is between the individual and the collective.” This accurate words also explains two new projects for this exhibition.

Recollection,” which consists of the miniature of historic sculptures and their maximized photos, also concerns “memory.” Masterpieces such as Venus de Milo and David are recreated depending only on the artist’s own memory, and then collated with viewer’s art-historical memory. By re-questioning the relationship between memory and real object, this work even raises a fundamental question about the function of “collection” by the museum.

In the new project “Furusato,” the motifs in “Bonneville” are reproduced in the form of rubber stamps, letting the visitors use them freely to compose their own personal landscapes. Simplified as ideogram, each element in the artist’s individual memory is converted to a universal symbol. By emphasizing the possibility of visitor’s engagement, Broisat presents the mechanism in which the artist’s personal scenery turns into collective goods to generate renewed “Bonneville” or their own “furusato (Japanese word meaning “hometown.”)

This exhibition will also show the process of the artist’s creation with sketches or other products, allowing us to grasp the way how his thought has taken form. We will be happy to have you at this precious opportunity to take a closer look at his rich development in his activities.

【Selected solo Exhibitions】
2018Ordener, Public art project, Paris
2016Pagan Poetry, Public art project, Luzech, France
2014El Museo Imaginario, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao
2013If I Close My Eyes, Le Vog, Centre d'art contemporain de Fontaine
Ghost Tokyo, École supérieure des beaux-arts de Nantes
2012Benoît Broisat, Frac Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier
Les Témoins, École supérieure des beaux-arts de Nîmes
2011Bonneville – Exhibition by Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in the A380 plane's gallery
2010S comme Savoirs – Centre d'art les Capucins (Embrun)
2008Through the looking-glass – Espace Vallès (Saint-Martin-d’Hères)
Bonneville – Exhibition by imagespassages (Annecy)
2007Pop-up – Maison du livre, de l’image et du son (Villeurbanne)
【Artist Information】

SessionSat. Oct 6, 2018 - Sat. Nov 3, 2018 Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Hours11:00-13:00 / 14:00-19:00 [-17:00 on the last day]
PlaceGallery Yamaki Fine Art
Venue3-9-5-2F Motomachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0022
ContactTEL: 078-391-1666  FAX : 078-391-1667  MAIL:
AccessOne minute walk from Motomachi Station, West exit (JR/ Hanshin Line)