Chu Enoki | Back to the Future | Artissima

Posted on 30 October 2015

Back to the Future | Grey 12
6 to 8 November 2015
Oval Lingotto, Turin, Italy

White Rainbow is pleased to take part in Artissima, 6 to 8 November 2015, with a solo presentation of Chu Enoki.
Chu Enoki (b. 1964) is one of the seminal figures in postwar Japanese art and is recognised as an inspirational figure by many contemporary Japanese artists such as Keiji Uematsu (b. 1947), Takashi Murakami (b. 1962), Koki Tanaka (b. 1975) and the collective Chim↑Pom (founded 2005). Since 2000, Enoki has been the subject of several museum retrospectives in Japan. Despite this, Enoki remains to this day largely unknown internationally.

In spring 2015, White Rainbow presented Chu Enoki: Enoki Chu, a solo exhibition of the artist, which focused on his sculptural work since the turn of the century. Consisting mainly of cast iron sculptures based on military apparatus such as canons, Colts and Kalashnikov guns, these works comment on the ambiguities of foreign policy in postwar Japan. At Artissima, White Rainbow also focuses on an earlier period in Enoki’s practice, when he mainly used his body as a tool to comment on developments in society. A range of works and documentation of landmark events are selected to highlight his conceptual engagements with the body and performance in the 1970s and 80s.