The city of Beppu in Japan’s Oita Prefecture, famous for its “onsen” or hot spring baths, hosts an arts festival once a year called “in BEPPU”. The festival culminates in a solo exhibition by a resident guest artist who has been invited to Beppu to develop an art project in-spired by their surroundings. For this year, the 6th annual “in BEPPU”, we welcome fashion designer Tamae Hirokawa.
In a time when our day to day lives have been altered dramatically and it is impossible to see what lies ahead, what is most needed? In thinking on this question, Tamae Hirokawa landed on a theme: matsuri, or festival. In Japan, matsuri are a time when we give thanks for the gifts of nature, and pray for a bountiful and peaceful future. Now, perhaps matsuri can help us find the strength to survive, and meet the challenges of today such as the pandemic, natural disasters, and climate change. This time, this place, these people… together with the citizens of Beppu, a new matsuri will be created to connect these pieces of now to the future.
Period：Sat, December 18, 2021 – Sun, February 13, 2022
*Closed on Tuesdays, December 28 – January 6, 2022
Venues：Various Locations in Beppu & Online
Organizer：Mixed Bathing World Executive Committee