The work by Japanese artist Takashi Kuribayashi (1968) explores the boundaries that separate human civilization from the natural world. Kuribayashi was struck by the division of Germany into Eastern and Western states, which led him into an on-going consideration in various media of the theme boundaries. 

Tree of Ibuki 2020 "Setouchi Art Triennale 2020"

Tree of Ibuki 2020 “Setouchi Art Triennale 2020”




His work is the outcome of being confronted with ‘restricted zones’ or ‘no-go areas’ in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear accident. Being faced with the impossible long-lasting and yet invisible borders, he set himself to investigate this and making these borders visible in his work by weaving a new flow of time with his installations.

Wasser Wände (water wall)

Wasser Wände (water wall)


The truth resides in places that are invisible. Once you are aware of that there is a different world out of sight, you will be living in a different way.

— Takashi Kuribayashi



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