Masashi Echigo

June – July 2010

During his stay in Rome, the artist Masashi Echigo explores 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 residency is supported by the Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation and assisted by the curator Emilia Giorgi.

During his residency program, Masashi Echigo conducts his research for the IMMANENCE project at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, curated by Angelo Rorro and he also collaborates in the STORIES exhibition at the Rome photography gallery, 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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