Trending in Japan: Fireflies in Photography and Installations, Featuring Yume Cyan, Tsuneaki Hiramatsu, Yuki Karo and Yayoi Kusama 

At least four Japanese artists have been internationally acknowledged for their work recently – threein the past month alone. In addition to their shared heritage, Yume Cyan, Tsuneaki Hiramatsu, Yuki Karo and Yayoi Kusama also share a passion for a certain curious, effulgent insect that has captivated almost every child at one point or another: the lambent firefly.

While little personal information is available on Mr. Cyan, he seems to be an amateur on the local Japanese photography scene, having only surfaced with the publication of his firefly photos this past year.

"Last Dance of the Fireflies", Yume Cyan

“Last Dance of the Fireflies”, Yume Cyan

His photos were taken in the forests surrounding Nagoya, a central Japanese city that is said to be named for its peaceful – nagoyaka (なごやか) – aura. Leaving his shutter open for nearly 30 seconds, Mr. Cyan has created a short series of magical photographs featuring fireflies at dusk. Continue reading

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Lebanese Designer Najla El-Zein’s “The Wind Portal” Exhibition at London’s V&A Museum Closes in Success 

"The Wind Portal"

“The Wind Portal”

Lebanese designer Najla El-Zein has just wrapped up her critically-acclaimed exhibition at Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. “The Wind Portal” debuted on September 14th of this year, running until November 3rd. The V&A provided Ms. El-Zein with a massive, 8-metre high doorway in their museum complex from which she hung the 5,000 paper windmills that created her installation.  Continue reading

Sarah Sze’s Installation Art Featured Among Exhibitions at Venice Biennale 

"Gleaner", Triple Point Exhibition

“Gleaner”, Triple Point Exhibition

American installation artist Sarah Sze is currently amongst a repertoire of artists being featured at La Biennale di Venizia in Venice, Italy, the cultural institution renowned for its International Film, Art and Architecture Exhibitions, among other contemporary arts initiatives. Continue reading