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Kiki Ando Exhibition Opening Reception

Updated Conditions of Entry from June 25

Due to Covid-19 restrictions announced by the NSW Government, the Kiki Ando Exhibition Opening Reception has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Opening Reception & Performance

July 9

Join us for the opening reception of Kiki Ando: Highest Mountain and Deepest Bay, a solo exhibition featuring over 60 works by Kiki Ando, a Japanese contemporary artist based in Melbourne. On this very special occasion, Ando and musical accompanist Ai Yamamoto will take part in a live performance that draws on Ando’s multidisciplinary background to explore the creation of new life—turning objects, materials and stories from dark into light — through a mixture of Butoh and contemporary dance.


Explore Kiki Ando’s imaginative world in this exhbition spanning wearable paper art, hand-built ceramic characters, animation and live performance. Born and raised in Japan, Ando’s work is deeply embedded in Japanese artistic practices like Butoh dance, hand-built ceramics and Boro and Kamiko fashion practices, along with her experiences abroad. Included in the exhibition is a brand-new animation entitled Rare Deep Sea Fish Develop My Unique Personality, ceramic installations made over a nine-year period in Victoria, and wearable artworks created by Ando in response to the fashion industry’s use of environmentally unsustainable and restrictive materials.

Photo by Toshiki Tanaka

Kiki Ando was born in Numazu City, Japan and works across textile, ceramics, performance and design. In 2003 Ando moved from Japan to Melbourne, where she resides today. Ando graduated from the Melbourne School of Fashion while living and working at the art studio and gallery, The Foundry. In 2007, Ando moved to Berlin to explore textiles and music. While in Berlin, Ando also worked collaboratively with electronic pop band Private Posh Club. Ando returned to Melbourne in 2009 and in 2012, went on to design costumes for dance performance DasSHOKU SHAKE!, which toured Australia and Japan. In 2015, Ando worked as co-director and puppet and prop designer on the film project Studio 3 in East Timor. Ando continues to explore multi-disciplinary artistic forms, with a particular focus on ceramics, costume design and Butoh performance. She performs regularly in Australia, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Ai Yamamoto was born in Japan and has lived in Melbourne, Australia since the early 2000s. She sources her sounds from field recordings, game sounds, and daily life, manipulating these into a body of work influenced by soundscapes, electronica, ambient, and industrial music.  Yamamoto addresses the dramatic structure and flow of music through the use of gentle melodies paired with abstract texture, bringing an atmospheric quality to her compositions. She has worked with a range of sound and video artists such as Lawrence English, Raceless AKA Curse of Dialect, Ben Frost, Sofi Basseghi, Kaigen, Steve Law, Bita Fayyazi, An Tuong Nguyen, and others. 



July 9, 2021 (Friday)

Opening address and live performance at 6:30pm

The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008

Free; bookings not required


(02) 8239 0055

Header image: Kiki Ando, Kimono pink incent packet, 2021. Photo by Rafaela Pandolfini

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