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A Place Based Contemporary Art Festival
1-18 August, North Queensland, Australia
Warrgamay, Nywaigi & Bandjin Country Hinchinbrook

Friday 2 August - Sunday 18 August Fri - Sun 10am - 2pm

Kiri-Edo: Japanese House

Elysha Rei

Kiri-edo is a major new site-responsive installation at the Japanese House, Ingham, created by Japanese Australian artist Elysha Rei. Honouring traditional Japanese aesthetic principals around light, shadow and pattern, this site-specific paper-cut installation captures the essense of Japanese aesthetics and the history of Japan and Australia dating back to the late 19th century.

As the oldest traditional house outside of Japan, the “Yeddo” house (or Edo in Japanese), is an architectural archive of the Shoin-Zukuri style of architecture traditionally built by the Samurai class. This poignant connection to Rei’s own Samurai ancestry provides a powerful site for cultural contemplation and representation that honours the 136-year history of the house.

Discover how light, shadow and ornamental design in kirie -e (paper cut art) honour the first known piece of Japanese architecture in Australia.

About The Artist

Elysha Rei (pronounced eh-lee-sha ray) is a Japanese-Australian artist that explores narratives of cultural identity, site-specific history and environmental elements through hand-cut paper artworks and public art. She completed her undergraduate in fine arts at USQ, then an MBA in Thailand and Australia. Rei has created and exhibited work, curated exhibitions and has public artworks across Australia and internationally. She was the inaugural artist in residence for Museum of Brisbane in 2017, and has been an artist in residence for Past Wrongs Future Choices (Canada), Studio Kura (Japan), Artspace Mackay and Barcaldine Arts Council. She is an Asialink Arts Creative Exchange recipient (2018) and in 2022, became the inaugural Chair of Nikkei Australia. Her PhD research is exploring how Nikkei Australian identity and history is archived through contemporary paper cutting arts practice.

Location Details

Warrgamay, Nywaigi & Bandjin Country / Hinchinbrook

5 Lynch St, Ingham QLD 4850, Australia

Venue Accessibility

Opening Hours: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10am - 2pm. Starting Friday 2nd - Sunday 18th August 2024.

  • Nearby accessible street parking.
  • Nearby street drop-off points.
  • Assisted wheelchair accessibility only due to one step leading into the space.
  • Signage indicating it is a PUNQ program.
  • Quiet spaces available for participants, this location will have ambient or no music playing.
Pricing

Free entry. 

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PUNQ respectfully acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun and the surrounding groups of our region; Bindal, Gugu Badhan, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Bandjin and Gudjal as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, share and celebrate local creative practice. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and Culture.

PUNQ respectfully acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun and the surrounding groups of our region; Bindal, Gugu Badhan, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Bandjin and Gudjal as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, share and celebrate local creative practice. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and Culture.

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PUNQ is produced by Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts. The festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receives funding from Creative Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund. Townsville City Council is a funding partner of PUNQ.