Eyes On: Shimabuku

Jul 29, 2018 - Jan 20, 2019


Eyes On: Shimabuku will showcase a video by Japan-based artist Shimabuku titled Do snow monkeys remember snow mountains? This video illustrates the adaptation of a group of Japanese snow monkeys living in a Texas desert sanctuary since they were brought to the U.S. in 1972.

Initially featured at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017, this film analyzes the displacement of the monkeys from their natural habitat in the snow-capped mountains of Japan. The film also symbolically explores human migration and reconnection with environment through genetic memory and ancestral history.

This installation has a thematic relationship to Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead, as well as Stampede: Animals in Art. Buffalohead and Shimabuku use the depiction of animals as a vehicle to explore both familiar and unfamiliar narratives related to their personal heritage and the world around them.

This installation is curated by Rebecca Hart, Vicki and Kent Logan Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Photo courtesy of the artist and Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles©Shimabuku