“Not ‘expressing,’ but simply ‘presenting. Bringing into existence.’ Kishio Suga’s criticism of images and expression comes from a background of resistance to consumerism, materialism, and the spectacular. How can one give rise to something that has maximum presence but is non-expression? Kishio Suga clearly and deliberately presents the perceptual reality of existence/non-existence and visibility/non-visibility. This is a method, not of bringing things into existence individually, but of drawing attention to existence by creating relationships between objects. Since the late 1960s, Suga has been assembling various things and handling, cutting, arranging, joining, and bending them. He observes and attempts to gain an understanding of the weight, texture, surfaces, and other characteristics of different materials, as if becoming one with them or making them a part of him—and his perceptive abilities have increased dramatically.” – Yuko Hasegawa
This book documents the first European retrospective dedicated to Kishio Suga (b. 1944 in Morioka, Japan) titled Situations and held at Pirelli HangarBicocca from September 30, 2016 to January 29, 2017. Edited by Yuko Hasegawa and Vicente Todolí—curators of the Suga show in Milan—the book focuses on Suga’s entire career, among the prime movers of Mono-ha, an artistic group born in the late 1960s, documenting over twenty of his installations, dating from 1969 to the present.