Memories through Cycle
―Images by RongRong & inri and Yuan Goang-ming

July 23, 2016, to September 19, 2016

RongRong & inri
Tsumari Story No.7-1 2012
Gelatin Silver Print
Yuan Goang-ming
Landscape of Energy-Stillness
Digitally-altered inkjet print

It seems that, due to the progress of East Asia, such uniquely new photography and moving images that we have never seen before are increasing in this region. In this exhibition, we introduce two units of artists who reinterpret ordinary life and traditions through new media and depict nature, family and communion between people by beautifully poetic photographs and videos.
RongRong & inri (born in 1968 in China and born in 1973 in Japan / photography) have been highly reputed as artists for their photo works showcasing social reality in China and people’s lives there as well as works in which relationships between people and beautiful nature are expressed through their own bodies as media. They visited Echigo Tsumari many times, where cultural characteristics peculiar to the rural area still remain unchanged, stayed there and took pictures of the satoyama landscape in the four seasons for their work Tsumari Story. This series of works made in Echigo Tsumari is symbolic of “cycle of life” which RongRong & inri regard as their theme for creation.
Yuan Goang-ming (born in 1965 in Taiwan / video art), the pioneer of video art in Taiwan, has explored new possibilities of media and video expression by shooting with special equipment such as cable cam and devices that he developed for himself and exhibiting them. His works based on the themes of himself, his home and everyday life of his family appeal not only to the viewer’s visual experience but also to their physical and psychological feelings. His recent works reflect his interest in the formation of society and each member of the society.
In this exhibition, the galleries are divided into two to construct two solo exhibitions respectively for RongRong & inri and Yuan Goang-ming. Under the title of Memories through Cycle, the two solo exhibitions resonate with each other while showcased in parallel.

Artists’ Biography

RongRong & inri
RongRong:born in 1968 in Fujian Province, China. Based in Beijing.
inri:born in 1973 in Kanagawa Prefecture. Based in Kyoto.
Based in China, they participate in exhibitions around the world. Founded Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in 2007 in Caochangdi in Beijing, the first private contemporary art center that specializes in photography in China. Since 2010, they have held “The Caochangdi PhotoSpring” in collaboration with “Les Rencontres d’Arles Photography Festival” of South France. They have been working as central figures in Chinese photographic art, including the foundation of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Xiamen in 2015. Their major exhibitions in Japan include: “RongRong & inri: Three Begets Ten Thousand Things” (Shiseido Gallery, 2011), Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2012, “The Aesthetics of Photography—Five Elements” (Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 2013), “All You Need Is LOVE: From Chagall to Kusama and Hatsune Miku” (Mori Art Museum, 2013).

Yuan Goang-ming
Born in 1965 in Taiwan. Based in Taipei.
Studied at The National Institute of the Arts (at present, Taipei National University of the Arts) and received his master’s degree at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design in 1997. Has been internationally active since mid-1990s. International exhibitions he participated in the past include: Gwngju Biennale (1995, 2002), Taipei Biennial (1998, 2002), the Taiwan Pavilion at Venice Biennale (2003), Liverpool Biennial (2004), Singapore Biennale (2008), The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2012). Exhibitions in Japan he participated in include: ICC Biennale (1997), Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions (2012), Dojima River Biennale(2013), “Traces of Disappearance” (Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, 2014), The 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (2014).

RongRong & inri
Liulitun, Beijing 2003 No.1
Hand-dyed Gelatin Silver Print

RongRong & inri
Caochangdi, Beijing 2004 No.2
Hand-dyed Gelatin Silver Print

Yuan Goang-ming
Disappearing Landscape-Passing Ⅱ
Three-channel video installation 9.14min.

Yuan Goang-ming
Video installation 5min. (Seamless loop)



Memories through Cycle
―Images by RongRong & inri and Yuan Goang-ming


Contemporary Art Gallery




RongRong & inri, Yuan Goang-ming

Open Hours

9:30-18:00 (no admittance after 17:30) Closed on Mondays (except September 19, public holiday)


¥800 (¥600 for advance ticket and group of more than 20 people)
Free of charge for children under 9th grade, seniors over 65, the disabled and one accompanying attendant

One-year Pass

¥1000: High Teen Pass “H.T.P.” for youth between the ages of 15 and 19
¥2500: Adult Pass for those aged 20 and over

Organized by

Mito Arts Foundation

Sponsored by

Shiseido Co.,Ltd.

Supported by

Asahi Breweries, LTD.

Curated by

Yu Iseki (Curator, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito)

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Memories through Cycle
―Images by RongRong & inri and Yuan Goang-ming

Weekend Gallery Talk

August 6 (Sat.), 2016, to September 18 (Sun.), 2016

CAC (Contemporary Art Center) gallery volunteer talkers will lead visitors to explore the exhibition together.

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays between August 6 and September 18, 2016
Starts at 14:30 (Gallery talk lasts approximately 40 minutes.)
* Please note: There is no gallery talk on August 20 and 21.
Fee: Free (included in the admission, reservation unnecessary)
Meeting place: The gallery entrance


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