When Little Things Matter
Some artists have the ability to turn simple, everyday actions into art. They put a frame around them, they isolate them from their surroundings, they capture them in a photo, and suddenly something that would otherwise go unnoticed becomes a reason for us to reflect on important details of our existence. Japanese artist Koki Tanaka, who was recently awarded the title of Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year, is a master at observing the most insignificant matters and presenting them as important events in our lives. The 40-year- old artist became known in the late 1990s for his installations incorporating actors and exhibition viewers. At the Venice Biennale in 2013, Tanaka represented his country with a series of installations involving teams of people performing the same action – a metaphor for the Fukushima catastrophe and the need to form communities to overcome damage. Until 25 May, Tanaka’s work will be on display at Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle (p. 44).