To be held in Tokyo, on June 15 during World Refugee Week - As part of the JPF×ART project, video clips from contemporary artist Yoshitomo Nara’s visit to refugee camps in Jordan will be shown for the first time!
In early March, JPF visited two refugee camps in Jordan (Zaatari, Azraq) and a host community in its capital Amman with world recognized contemporary artist, Yoshitomo Nara.
As part of “JPF×ART“ project, Nara met with Syrian refugees and experienced their life in Jordan, where JPF has been delivering aid through its Response Program for the Iraq-Syria Humanitarian Crisis since 2012. At this event, Nara’s visit will be shown to the public for the first time.
During the first session, Nara will show photos that he took and share his experience meeting Syrian refugees in Jordan and what he felt. He will also show some of his artwork and talk about what is always on his mind. During his visit to Jordan Nara told the children he met that everyone is unique and that Japan, Jordan and Syria are similar in that what you find is different depending on where you are within the country.—What was the message that he wanted to communicate?
The second session will be interactive. Staff members of JPF member NGOs working on the ground will talk about the current situation of aid-giving and respond to questions from the audience, together with Nara.
JPF×ART is a project that hopes to raise awareness of the refugee issue among people in Japan who are often distanced from these issues, and lead them to see it as their own problem and think deeply about it. To achieve this, JPF sought the cooperation of Nara, who continues to inspire fans around the world through his artwork and messages related to social issues. This project also strives to contribute to the creation of artwork by socially conscious artists. Nara shared the experiences of his visit to Jordan in real-time through his Twitter account and has continued to do so since returning to Japan.
Details of his visit are also updated and shared on the dedicated website for JPF×ART as well as social media including Facebook and Twitter.
JPF was founded in 2000 as a new and uniquely Japanese framework for emergency humanitarian assistance. In order to deliver prompt and effective assistance within and outside of Japan, JPF coordinates the efforts of NGOs, the business community, and the government, all of which participate as equal partners, and provides various types of support to member NGOS in Japan. Since 2000, we have built out trust through over 1,400 projects in 47 nations and regions totaling over 54 billion yen in assistance as we promote cooperation among corporate partners and NGOs and accurately report our activities. We share information and create humanitarian assistance projects together with our 43 member NGOs with diverse strengths. After the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, over 7 billion yen had been provided from corporate and individual donors for disaster relief, and we partnered with locally-coordinating intermediary support organizations in providing assistance for local NGOs and contributed to the systemic development towards reconstruction.
Yoshitomo Nara : Profile
Born in Aomori Prefecture in 1959, Nara graduated with an MFA from the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, Aichi Prefecture, in 1987. He completed his studies at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf, Germany in 1988, and after living in Cologne, he returned to Japan in 2000. Since the mid-1990s he has been the subject of numerous exhibitions at museums and galleries in Europe, the United States, Japan, and Asia. His practice encompasses portraiture in which the subjects appear to stare back at the viewer; loosely drawn works on paper; sculptures made of wood, FRP, ceramic, bronze; and multi-media installations that completely redefine the gallery space. His work also includes photographs that document the daily creation of his works, as well as the variety of encounters he has during his travels.