Artist Ekaterina Bazhenova-Yamasaki’s performance inspired by Japanese flower arranging, Pre-Raphaelite painting and haiku
To accompany The Calvert Journal‘s travel report of photography from East Asia, Go East, you’re invited to a special performance and a premiere of new video work by one of the project’s featured artists, Ekaterina Bazhenova-Yamasaki.
無神 (Mushin) 無師 (Mushi) 女性性 (Joseisei)
(No God; No Master; Female)
Mixing still and moving image, sculpture and sound, Ekaterina Bazhenova-Yamasaki creates psychologically charged scenarios dealing with human desires.
This performance incorporates the Japanese art of flower arranging, the name of which, ikebana – derived from ikeru (to make life) and hana (flowers) –reflects both the life and death symbolised by plants.
The main inspiration for the performance is Sir John Everett Millais’ painting Ophelia (1851–2), in which natural symbols echo this duality of beauty and loss, as well as evoke resurrection, martyrdom, and the gendered spheres of the Victorians.
During the performance, a female figure wearing a morning glory-coloured dress will travel across the space, interacting with vases of arranged flowers as well as with viewers, gently approaching them with particular commands.
Alongside the flower-inspired action, haiku will be read.
Ekaterina will also premiere her new video work from China entitled:
chance control accident
About the artist
Ekaterina Bazhenova-Yamasaki is a multimedia artist born in Moscow who lives and works in London. She creates transgressive narratives and emotionally profound work that blur the cinematic and the performative.
Bazhenova-Yamasaki produces art symbiotically to create her own singular and beguiling world, proposing a synaesthetic interrelationship between the realms of the visible, the audible and the imaginary.
About the Go East project
Can a camera bring us closer to another culture or does it hold a mirror to ourselves? From the cutting-edge capital of South Korea to a Buddhist retreat in the Myanmar mountains, meet the photographers who have travelled beyond the New East into East Asia.