by Chris MaGee
Toronto got a healthy dose of Takashi Ishida in 2008. The Tokyo-based video artist lived and worked in our city for the entire year after winning the 2007 Goto Commemorative Culture Award for Most Promising Young Talent. He capped off his stay in Toronto with an exhibition at Trinity Square Video as part of the Reel Asian International Film Festival as well as a night dedicated to his films at Cinematheque Ontario. Now on the eve of his return to Japan Ishida is giving Canada one last taste of his work by being part of a joint exhibition with fellow Japanese video artist Yuki Kawamura at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal as part of their Projections Series. The goal of the series is to highlight "the poetic power of the image projected on the big screen". Ishida's and Kawamura's contributions to the series will run in tandem in the Beverley Webster Rolph Hall on the lower level of the museum starting tomorrow and running until March 15th.
For more information on the series check out the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal website here. Thanks to Cathy Munroe Hotes over at Nishikata Film Review for the heads up on this.