Press release: Honesty Is the Greatest Fidelity


Honesty is the greatest fidelity
Zehra Arslan, Robin von Einsiedel and Motoko Ishibashi

Dates: 26 November 2016 - 25 February 2017
Opening reception: 26 November 2016
Artists talk: 28 November 2016 7:30 pm (S.Y.P Art Space at Shinjuku, Tokyo)
Funded by Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

Yamakiwa Gallery is pleased to present Honesty Is the Greatest Fidelity, an exhibition of new works by Zehra Arslan, Robin von Einsiedel and Motoko Ishibashi, completed during their residency in Tokamachi, Japan. The exhibition will feature various bodies of work: from site-specific installations, paintings and two new video pieces. HITGF will also feature a talk at S.Y.P Art Space in Tokyo, reflecting on the artists’ time in Tokamachi. A screening of ‘the ballad opera’, a new video piece, followed by a discussion on distortive narrative methods as a depiction tool of contemporary landscape and culture, will take place on the 28th of November.

(on love, politics and nature)

Dear Tony, Elisabeth and Catherine,

I guess the works are trying to investigate a kind of transient way to claim space without necessarily occupying it. I was thinking of rhythm a lot and the rhythmicality of things. This could be in terms of walking as an investigative tool to generate content. The undressing of the landscape made me think of honesty as an instrument to digest and construct ideas. The thought of a kind of transparency, ghostlike presence of the work kept recurring. I also thought I wanted this whole thing to be more of a handshake than a hug. Does this make sense? I wanted the work to be there without claiming any occupancy. I guess we are looking at the intersection of various forms of history through repetition. The pieces become in a way fixed foreign bodies or parts of bodies, which are pushed into the background. Almost resting, pausing and reflecting on the space they’re in. I didn’t want there to be any surprises. You know what the problem is with surprises? That it is evidence of an unwitting neglect of one another, and ourselves.

                                Text by Zehra Aslan

Honesty is the greatest fidelity

オープニングレセプション:2016112614:00 – 17:00
アーティストトーク:2016112819:30 (東京・新宿S.Y.Pアートスペース)

 やまきわ美術館は、20161126日より2017225日まで、展覧会Honesty is the greatest fidelity開催致します。本展は、3名のアーティストが当館において滞在制作した新作により構成されており、場の特異性を考慮して作られたインスタレーション、ペインティング、ビデオ作品など、様々な形式から成っています。また1128日には、東京のS.Y.P アートスペースにてアーティストトークを開催し、十日町における滞在を振り返ります。新作のビデオthe ballad operaを紹介し、歪められた物語がどのように現代の風景と文化を描くかについて、ディスカッションを行います。

(愛、 政治、自然について)


 私が思うに、これらの作品は、空間を必ずしも占有せずとも引き立てることができるような、つかの間の在り方のようなものを模索している気がします。リズム、そして物のもつリズム感について、私はあれこれ思いを巡らせていました。物事の真意をつかもうと歩き回るような感覚でした。そうして移り変わる風景を見るうちに、 ‘素直さこそが様々なアイデアを消化し構築するための手段であると思うようになったのです。作品が何か透明な、幽霊のような存在であるという思いが繰り返し起こりました。これらの全てが、ハグするというよりは握手のようなものであって欲しいとも思いました。この意味が通じるでしょうか?私は、これらの作品が何かを占有すること無しに、ただそこにいて欲しかったのです。おそらく私たちは見ているのは、様々な形の歴史が繰り返し交錯する様なのだと思います。作品は据え付けられた異質な身体、またはその四肢となりながら、背景へと押しこまれています。休んでいるような、立ちどまっているような、あるいは、自分のいる空間に思いを馳せているような様子で。ここにはサプライズがあって欲しくなかったのです。サプライズの何が問題か分かりますか?それはお互いのことを、そして自分自身のことを、うっかり見過ごしてしまったしるしなのです。



Artist Talk: Honesty Is the Greatest Fidelity

Yamakiwa Gallery would like to invite you to S.Y.P art space in Tokyo for the evening of an artist talk.
As part of our programme, Zehra Arslan, Robin von Einsiedel and Motoko Ishibashi will be discussing their residency and exhibition at Yamakiwa gallery.

All three artists have worked independently as well as collaboratively on pieces, which highlight their research as well as individual methodology and approach to making. They will use this opportunity to look at the exchange between Yamakiwa, the artists and their time spent in the Tokamachi area.

Places are limited so please arrive early, as we will operate on a first come first serve basis.

Yamakiwa gallery is an artist run space, set in a traditional Japanese farmer's house in the mountains in Tokamachi, Niigata. The gallery runs an artist residency programme and art hotel, to support the exchange between artists, visitors and the local community.





//artsits: Zehra Arslan, Robin von Einsiedel, Motoko Ishibashi

//Director: Yuri Fukushima 福島ゆり

//date: 2016/11/28 Mon 1930: - 22:00
//location: S.Y.P Art Space

Supported by S.Y.P Art Space
162-0065 東京都 新宿区住吉町10-10
10-10 Sumiyoshi-cho, Shinjuku, Tokyo


Exhibition: Honesty Is the Greatest Fidelity

Yamakiwa gallery is excited to announce 'Honesty is the Greatest Fidelity' by Zehra Arslan, Robin von Einsiedel and Motoko Ishibashi. 

Private view: 2016/11/26 14:00 - 17:00 
Exhibition: 2016/11/26 - 2017/2/26 Thu - Sun 
(closed 22/12/2016 - 8/1/2017)

Artist talk will take place in Tokyo on 2016/11/28 19:30 - 22:00. (location tbc)


Yamakiwa gallery is an artist run space, set in a traditional Japanese farmer's house in the mountains in Niigata, Japan. The gallery runs an artist residency programme, to support the research, exhibition making and exchange between artists, visitors and the local community. 

The Art Hotel which started at the gallery this year invites visitors to spend the night at the gallery and have a closer experience within the rural landscape of Tōkamachi. 

Please see the website for more details: http://yamakiwagallery.com/hotel.html

This area has heavy snowfall during winter time. If you should have any inquiries about equipment when visiting by car, please feel free to contact Yamakiga gallery.
info@yamakiwagallery.com 025-594-7667


やまきわ美術館では今冬、展覧会Honesty is the Greatest Fidelityを開催いたします。

オープニング:2016/11/26 14:00 - 17:00
会期: 2016/11/26 - 2017/2/26 木-日 (2016/12/22 - 2017/1/8を除く)

アーティストトーク in Tokyo: 2016/11/28 19:30 - 22:00






info@yamakiwagallery.com 025-594-7667


Residency programme for artists and curators 2017-2018

The application is open to an individual artist, a group of artists or an independent curator.
The residency will culminate with an exhibition so applications are to include a detailed plan for the time to be spent at the residency, and an initial concept for the exhibition.   

We support artists and curators to hold local workshops and events during their residency. We also promote collaborative projects with other galleries and spaces in Niigata and Tokyo for the participating residents.

The application is open all year round
Dates of residency:
From March – May / October – December

Duration: 4 – 6 weeks

Accommodation: 2 rooms with 3 beds and futons (up to 4 persons)

Facilities: Wood workshop (Please ask for details)

The gallery offers accommodation and transportation within the Tokamachi city area.
We offer Japanese grants support, but urge artists to also try and seek for funding from their individual countries.

How to apply:
Please send a proposal for the residency in a pdf format including your CV and 5-10 images to info@yamakiwagallery.com