Yoi Kawakubo: Stella Maris was a name I found in a dream

10 November – 15 December 2016
Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, The Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle), London NW1 4QP
Admission: free
(open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.00pm (except public holidays))

Stella Maris was a name I found in a dream is a new exhibition by the Spanish-born Japanese artist Yoi Kawakubo.

In the show, stories of Caribbean shipwrecks, tango dances and economic forecasts, mixed with dreamlike memories, pseudo-historical impressions, interplanetary travels or Skype interviews conform a body of subtle works comprised of polished walls, literary anagrams, sound and film installation, photographs, cocktail servings or oil paintings.

This elaborate network of intricate and imaginary connections, like fireflies forming fragile and ephemeral constellations on a summer night, takes us through a limbo between the real and the fictional, the past and the future, denial and affirmation. A realm where the answer fades before the question, finally reaching a misty lostness as a starting point for a new journey; a new search for a utopia.

This exhibition is the latest in a series of shows presenting works that Kawakubo has developed over the past two years. Shedding light into remote corners of history, these works deliver an experience that undoubtedly will transport the visitor to an archipelago of musings, mysteries and rumination on the history of mankind.

«J’écris enfin près de la Mer» (At last I am writing close to the sea) wrote Edouard Glissant, in his seminal work that paved the way to gaze beyond the horizon, beyond the Guiding Star, beyond the Stella Maris.