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Cuban Samba

I took the opportunity to exhibit at a former bicycle factory in Havana, Cuba. We arrived at the site and found that more than half the roof had rotted away and the steel columns rusted. In the center of this massive space, a broken pipe running through the ceiling was leaking water, and a large puddle formed on the concrete floor. I placed some empty cans that I had scavenged at the bottom of these cascading drops of water. And then I heard the sound of my heart dancing. I hear music.


SHIMABUKU (b.1969 Kobe) has traveled extensively around the world since the early 1990s, manifesting performances, installations, videos, and sculptures that explore new modes of communication relevant to the people living in the region and their customs and culture. Abounding in poetic sentiment and humor, SHIMABUKU’s metaphorical and evocative approach has earned him international acclaim. He has participated in many major international exhibitions, including the 57th Venice Biennale (2003 & 2017) and the 27th Sao Paulo Biennale (2006), and his works are in the collections of the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Tate Modern in London among others.
Under the title “I Hear Music,” the exhibition is composed of works associated with sound and music. To this day, SHIMABUKU has collaborated with such diverse sound-related practitioners as composers NOMURA Makoto and KOSUGI Takehisa, musicians KASSIN, Moreno VELOSO, Arto LINDSAY, and the Brazilian repentistas (minstrels). In the underground space of BankART Station, roughly ten works will be exhibited, including “Cuban Samba,” a Japan premiere, along with some works that have never been shown in the Kanto area. Come experience this one-of-a-kind encounter in person on-site.



Born in 1969 in Kobe, Japan. He actively works on a worldwide platform from his current base in Naha, Okinawa. Since the early 1990s, he has traveled extensively around the world, manifesting performances, installations, videos, and sculptures that explore new modes of communication relevant to the people living in the region and their customs and culture. His projects have often touched on the relationship between living things and humans. SHIMABUKU's metaphorical and evocative approach abounding in poetic sentiment and humor has earned him international acclaim.



4 July – 23 September 2024
Exhibition Period: Thursday, 4 July, – Monday, 23 September, 2024
Hours: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
*extended hours during opening weekend, Thursday, 4 July through Saturday, 6 July from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Closed Mondays but open during national holidays (15 Jul, 12 Aug, 16 Sep, and 23 Sep) which offsets the closing day of the week to the following Tuesdays
Venue: BankART Station
Admission: General admission ¥1,000. College and High School students ¥500, Re-entry fee on a later date is ¥500. Admission is free for junior high school students and younger and disabled persons with a disability certificate and one accompanying caregiver.
Organized by BankART1929
Co-organized by Sports, Culture and Dynamic City Development Bureau, City of Yokohama
Supported by Japan Arts Council, Kanagawa Prefecture MAGCUL Development Promotion Subsidy for FY2024

Exhibition Information

This exhibition features 13 sound and film-based works.
The five film works installed in the back of the exhibition hall are played in sequence; the total running time of all five films will be approximately 30 minutes. Other works can be found in the café area and throughout the passage space to the exhibition hall. The total playtime of the complete exhibition is just under 70 minutes. Please allow yourself enough time to explore the exhibition.
Photography is permitted; however, video and audio recordings are prohibited.


●Opening Reception
+ NOMURA Makoto Live Performance

Friday, July 5, 2024, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Venue: BankART Station
(this event has ended)
For those who have either a same-day admission ticket, an exhibition invitation or Tokyo Gendai VIP Pass.

NOMURA Makoto|composer / pianist

Nomura plays sounds found in his surroundings, such as rain gutters, balloons, and hot water, and composes pieces based on human interactions. His compositions include "1010 People of Senju" (2014), performed by 1010 musicians, "Tarik Tambang" (2023), performed by playing a tug of war, sumo wrestling, whiskey bottles, and gamelan, and "Hajimari wa Martinique" (2024). With SHIMABUKU, he has collaborated on several projects, including "Street Band" (1993-), "Octopus and Tanuki: SHIMABUKU NOMURA Art Research Fund" (2000), co-produced the CD "Nomurano Piano" (2013), and composed music for SHIMABUKU's installation "Bow to Bow" (2016). Since 2021, he has lived in Kumamoto Prefecture, where he continues researching the Higo biwa and pursuing compositional explorations. He is the director of the Senju Dajare Music Festival and director of the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra (community program). He is the author of "Composing the Future of Music" (Shobunsha), among many other publications.

●Talk event
IMAFUKU Ryuta (Cultural Anthropologist) × SHIMABUKU

(in Japanese only)
Saturday, August 24, 2024, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Venue: BankART Station
Admission ¥1,000 (Reservations required (online) maximum 100 attendees)
Online reservations at: https://bankart1929.square.site/

IMAFUKU Ryuta |cultural anthropologist and critic

Imafuku has engaged in fieldwork throughout Latin America since the early 1980s. He is a leading researcher on Creole culture and archipelagic studies. He is also an active critic of literature, art, media, sports, etc. In 2002, he founded and led the Amami Free University, a mobile open-air school connecting the archipelagos of Amami, Okinawa, and Taiwan. He currently holds special seminars periodically at the National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan, the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo in Brazil, and other institutions. Imafuku has authored many books, including "Mínima Gracia," "Gramtica Parda," "Geronimo's Ark," "Henry Thoreau: Schoolhouse of the Wild" (Yomiuri Prize for Literature), "Half-Breed," "Kenji Miyazawa: The Wisdom of Deknobo" (Miyazawa Kenji Award, Kadokawa Foundation Prize for Arts and Letters) and "Sur la protophotographie." His best-known works, including "Creoleism" and "Archipelago-World Theory," are included in the five-volume collection "Partita" (Suiseisha, Ltd.). His latest book is "Mist Commune" (Misuzu Shobō).

Affiliated Program "BankART Under 35/2024

BankART Under 35" is a series of solo exhibitions presented by artists under the age of 35. The program has introduced 55 artists to date. As part of this year's open call for entries, we invited SHIMABUKU, our principal exhibiting artist, to join the panel of jurors to select six artists. The exhibitions, divided into three segments, will be held at BankART KAIKO for the same period as the SHIMABUKU exhibition at BankART Station. For details, click here.


BankART Station

B1Level, Shin-Takashima Station, 5-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, 220-0012 (one stop from Yokohama Station on the Minatomirai line)


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