Announcement of the Theme and Concept, Initial Selection of Participating Artists (contemporary art), Curatorial Team and Programs for Aichi Triennale 2025

  • February 1, 2024

The Theme
A Time Between Ashes and Roses

Concept(abridged edition)

This triennial departs from Adonis' poem A Time Between Ashes and Roses. Echoing its sentiments and visions, this exhibit brings together a futurity empowered by geologic time views rather than immediate and national or territorial perspectives which illuminate contemporary human-environment divides. The apocalyptic and optimistic extremes are decentered in this triennial and the interlayered complexities of environmental justice are addressed so that the bearing of responsibility and realisation of complicity is illuminated. The triennial emphasises the shades and expression in between destruction and blossoming as well as the entanglement of the human and environment.

Inviting artists and collectives from all over the world, the works will present existing and unknown narratives about the environment in which we occur. The curatorial mission and artist works expand upon the triennial's locality and unearth environmental narratives inspired by ceramic and Setomono production. Since the industries are a source of local pride, they support the triennial's framework which explores alternative and experimental forms for modelling the human-environment relationship. In Aichi's industrial history, the ashy black skies from the production of ceramics signified prosperity rather than pollution and destruction. Do such local industries and heritage pave way for nuanced thinking about the human-environment entanglement? A Time between Ashes and Roses is a traversal which adopts the spectral and in between, so that assumed positionalities and hierarchies come undone.

Aichi Triennale 2025, Artistic Director
Hoor Al Qasimi

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Initial Selection of Participating Artists(contemporary art)

[Participating Artists]-4 artists as of February 1, 2024, in alphabetical order - Artist Name [Place of Birth | Activity Base]

 Dala Nasser [ Lebanon | Lebanon ]

 Ogawa Machiko [ Japan ]

 Oki Junko [ Japan ]

 Adrián Villar Rojas [ Argentina| Argentina ]

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Adrián Villar Rojas, Mi familia muerta(My Dead Family), 2009, photo by Carla Barbero

Curatorial Team

Artistic Director Hoor Al Qasimi President and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation / President of IBA

Head of Curatorial

Iida Shihoko

Independent Curator

CuratorContemporary Art)

Irizawa Masaaki Curator, Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum

CuratorPerforming Arts

Nakamura Akane Performing Arts Producer


Tsuji Takuma

Curatorial Adviser Ishikura Toshiaki Anthropologist / Associate Professor, Department of Arts & Roots, Akita Public Art University
Cho Sunhye Curator, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum


Contemporary Art

Global contemporary art will be introduced through exhibitions and digital programs.
Exhibitions will mainly take place at Aichi Arts Center which includes Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Seto City, and other locations throughout the prefecture.

Performing Arts

Innovative and ground-breaking theater and dance from around the world will be presented at Aichi Arts Center and other venues.


Learning opportunities for a wide range of audiences.

Collaborative Programs

Collaborative projects with a variety of organizations including art universities within Aichi.
Pop-up traveling exhibitions consist of works by Aichi Triennale 2025 participant artists at a number of sites within Aichi.