Masashi Echigo

June – July 2010

During his stay in Rome, the artist Masashi Echigo explored the notions of permanence and temporality and their expression in the “eternal” city. His artistic research ponders the solid order of architectural spaces, comparing it with and holding it up against the fleeting events that unfurl in and around these spaces. He is interested in highlighting how history and daily life blend, working with the dialectics generated between these two worlds.

The Masashi Echigo residence was supported by the Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation.

Throughout his stay in Rome the artist was assisted by the curator Emilia Giorgi.

During his residence programme, Masashi Echigo carried out his research for the IMMANENCE project which took place at the National gallery of Modern Art in Rome, curated by Angelo Rorro; he also worked on the exhibition STORIES held at the e x t r a s p a z i o gallery in Rome, curated by Emilia Giorgi.

Here an interview to the artist published on Art a part of cult(ure).

Masashi Echigo was born in Toyama, Japan, in 1982. He currently lives in Japan and Belgium. He has studied and worked in England, The Netherlands, Austria and Scotland. He attended the Masashino University, and he occupied the position of research fellow at the University Arts of London. At the moment he is completing his studies at the HISK (Higher Institute of Fine Arts) in Ghent, Belgium. Since 2005, he has been awarded numerous prizes and study scholarships. During the same years he has participated in numerous projects and his work has been shown in many exhibitions in the countries where he has studied. He has already taken part in artists residence programs in Rotterdam and Helmond (The Netherlands) and Scotland in 2008, at Krems (Austria), Beetsterzwaag (The Netherlands) and in Belgium in 2009.

Image: Masashi Echigo at qwatz, 2010

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