A Room of Her Own: Rei Naito and Light

A Room of Her Own: Rei Naito and Light
June 4, 6:30 PM
@JFT admission free, rsvp required

Artist Rei Naito reminds us of the faint presence of things that are not visible unless we make the effort to see them. An artist shrouded in mystery, Naito has up to now refused to be filmed on camera. After two years of exchanges with the artist, this documentary attempts to get close to the essence of Naito’s art, which expresses the lights of existence, without pointing the camera at theartist herself. The story involves the dynamism of the pulsating space of the “Matrix” at the Teshima Art Museum, water, light, and five women who are enticed by the world of Naito’s art. The Teshima Art Museum, which integrates a construction by architect Ryue Nishizawa (co-founder of SANAA), the artwork “Matrix” by artist Rei Naito, and the natural surroundings, is located in the middle of the beautiful Teshima Island in the Seto Inland Sea. Special permission was granted to film the museum. The result is the birth of a new art documentary reminiscent of a deep prayer, with many intangible and tangible things weaved into the story.

“Highlighting the two-year communications between Naito, an artist who has never revealed her creating processes to the outside world, and director Yuko Nakamura, this film shows the quest of five women, all invariably enchanted by Naito’s art, as they explore her artistic world based on the question of whether it is in itself a blessing to be alive.” —Aichi International Women’s Film Festival

Director: Yuko Nakamura, 2015, 87 minutes

Cast: Rei Naito, Ran Taniguchi, Hina Yukawa, Keiko Oyama, Nobuko Numakura, Kyoko Tanaka

Director of photography: Yasuyuki Sasaki/ Sound : Koh Yu Chang/ Editor : Yuko Nakamura, Kei Ishikawa/ Music : Tara Jane O’neil, Masakatsu Takagi/ Costume Design: Theater Products/ Assistant Director : Hayato Onishi/ Executive Producer : Hiromitsu Sugita/ Associate Producer: Tomoaki Sugimoto/ International Producer : Miyuki Fukuma/ Cooperation : Gallery Koyanagi, Teshima Art Museum/ Presented by TV MAN UNION, Inc.


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A Room of Her Own: Rei Naito and Light

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