Exhibition | 10.6.2023

A thousand Dear Head

Saturday, 10/7/2023 - Sunday, 1/14/2024 

A thousand Dear Head

This exhibition brings together a group of works in various forms, including painting, video, sculpture, and text, based on inspiration from the myths, beliefs, folklore, and topography of the Suwa region of Nagano Prefecture, which Ohkojima collected during his research residency there in 2022.
We hope that through this exhibition, visitors will gain a sense that we, human beings living in the city today, are not separate from the workings of nature.

A new video work “CHIKATO” will be shown for the first time.

A Thousand Dear Head Exhibition Overview

Dates: 10/7/2023 (Sat) – 1/14/2024 (Sun)
Closed: 10/23 (Mon.) & 24 (Tue.), 11/27 (Mon.) & 28 (Tue.), 12/25 (Mon.) & 26 (Tue.), 12/29 (Fri.) – 1/3 (Wed.)

Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (*This exhibition includes two 40-minute video works. Please pay attention to the admission time.)

Venue: Chofu City Cultural Hall Tazukuri, 1F Exhibition Room

Admission: Free

Chofu x Bridging x Art
Organized by Mark Chofu City Foundation for Culture and Community(logotype)
2-33-1 Kojimacho, Chofu-shi, Tokyo 182-0026 Tel 042-441-6150
Supported by Chofu City Board of Education, J:COM Mark, Chofu FM 83.8MHz

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Talk show

Title: “Eating the Climate, Deconstructing the Climate”

A conversation with guests about excavating local folklore through art

Featuring: Maki Ohkojima (writer), Yosuke Tsuji (editor), Dominic Chen (informatics researcher), Yuna Tsukada (editor/curator)

November 5 (Sun.) 14:00-15:30 (doors open 30 minutes before)
Venue: Chofu City Cultural Hall Tadukuri, 8th Floor, Image Theater
Admission: Free (first-come, first-served)

How to apply (Applications will be accepted from 12:00 on October 7 (Sat.))
Phone: 042-441-6150 (Hours: 9:00 – 21:30, except days Tadukuri is closed)
Internet (Peatix)

Gallery Talks

Saturday, December 2, from 14:00

December 10 (Sun) from 14:00

Venue: Chofu City Cultural Hall Tadukuri 1F Exhibition Room
Admission: Free
Capacity: 20 persons per session (no reservation required, first-come-first-served basis)
Commentary: Maki Ohkojima
Please arrive at the exhibition room 10 minutes prior to the start of each session.
*Admission may be limited depending on how crowded the room is.


Related events will be held to consider “symbiosis” from various perspectives, including the relationship between regions, folklore and art, the food chain, and the relationship between people and the climate and beasts.

How to apply: October 7 (Sat) 12:00- Internet (Peatix) registration starts.
Registration on Peatix is required.
Registration requires Peatix user registration.
Payment of the registration fee will be completed at the same time as registration (credit card payment only).
Please contact us in case of cancellation. Please note that no refunds will be made for cancellations made less than 6 days prior to the event.

Workshop for children “Mask Making

What does it mean to eat/be eaten?
Let’s think about it by making masks of various creatures.

Saturday, November 25, 13:30-15:00
Instructor: Maki Ohkojima
Target: Elementary school students
Venue: Chofu City Cultural Hall Tadukuri 10F, Room 1001
Fee: 500 yen
Capacity: 15 people, first-come, first-served

Dialogue Workshop: “Rebuilding the Half-Breed, Half-Human

A workshop to think about the relationship between the climate and people.
After listening to an episode of hunting in Suwa by the artist, participants will engage in dialogue with each other from the perspective of different creatures wearing masks.

Sunday, November 26, 13:30-15:00
Guide: Maki Ohkojima
Target: Junior high school students and older (for adults)
Venue: Chofu City Cultural Hall Tadukuri 10F 1001 Study Room
Fee: 200 yen (with souvenir)
Capacity: 10 people, first-come, first-served

Satellite Exhibition

In addition to the exhibition room, exhibits will be displayed at the main entrances of Chofu Green Hall and Chofu Sengawa Theatre. Please enjoy them along with this exhibition.


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