Monday September 14th 10am, Bonhams New Bond Street: Kohei Nawa, one of Asia’s most important multi-disciplinary artists unveils the first ever major installation of his work in the UK. Nawa comes to London to lead a host of up-and-coming contemporary artists involved in the She Inspires Art gala: an immersive evening of installation and performance art taking place on 16 September at Bonhams. This unique collaboration is in aid of Women for Women International’s work restoring the
hope and future of women survivors of conflict.
This multi-sensory, multi-media installation at Bonhams by the Kyoto-based sculptor, 39, hailed by the New York Times as “one of Japan’s most sought after artists”, is a rare opportunity not be missed. The installation features over 30 pieces from four of his iconic artworks: Villus 1, Villus 2, Throne and Yana and consists of two large scale sculptures and two groups of sculptures, a lighting collaboration with Tupac Martir and sound installation.
The centre piece will be his Trans Double Yana (Mirror), a characteristically high tech piece that combines computer-aided design with the traditional Japanese obsession with craft. Trans is the product of cutting-edge digital sculptural techniques that typify the artist’s way of working “We create a 3D scan of a person or object, then apply a technique called ‘texture mapping’, by which we are able to magnify or diminish elements within the 3D data. We are trying to give the effect of something emerging
from a parallel world”. He adds, “Science, and particularly biological science, rather than the arts, has always been the biggest influence on my work”.
Talking about She Inspires Art Kohei Nawa said “I’m really pleased to join Women for Women International in helping to raise vital funds to support women survivors of war and conflict”.
“She Inspires Art is bringing together incredibly talented artists who want to use their creativity to help others. I am so inspired by the generosity of everyone involved. With the money raised, we will help more women and their families in countries affected by conflict. One programme that is particularly close to my heart right now is our work supporting Syrian refugee women in Northern Iraq. Over 80% of all refugees are women and children and their needs demand urgent attention.”
Brita Fernandez Schmidt, UK Executive Director, Women for Women International
She Inspires Art is brought together by Chair Lady Alison Deighton and a dedicated high profile Honorary Committee with Artistic Directors/Curators Tamar Arnon and Eli Zagury.