Shapes of Paper
by Atsumi Murata
and Wakako Ishisone
The 33rd Days of Japanese Culture in Bulgaria begins with an exhibition from the autumn programme of Sofia Paper Art Fest 2022. The exhibition by the Japanese artist Atsumi Murata opens on September 1, at 18:00 in the Triangular Tower of Serdika, RHM – Sofia. The exhibition can be visited until September 30, 2022.
Atsumi Murata is well known to the paper art enthusiasts. She has been awarded several times at the festival, as well as in many other events organized by the Foundation. Some of her works are part of the Amateras Collection. Since 2010 she has been featured in over twenty exhibitions of Japanese contemporary art in Bulgaria and in various travelling exhibitions in Europe and Latin America. Her installations and objects have been exhibited in numerous museums worldwide.
This exhibition presents her latest collection, created in her signature black and white. Through her elegant and ethereal scrolls, which are an intricate combination of "kozo" (paper with calligraphy), Murata suggests lightness and minimalism. In her work, poetry and calligraphy occupy an important role in the construction of installations that flutter with every breeze. Part of the exhibition is also an installation, a collaborative project with Wakako Ishisone.
Sofia Paper Art Fest is part of the Calendar of the Cultural Events of Sofia Municipality for 2022. The project is supported by “One-Year Grant” Program of the National Culture Fund.
The project is under the patronage of the Embassy of Japan in Bulgaria.