The New Social Environment#724

Leiko Ikemura: Anima Alma

Featuring Ikemura and Barbara Pollack, with Cindy Juyoung Ok


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Leiko Ikemura joins Rail contributor Barbara Pollack for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Cindy Juyoung Ok.

In this talk

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Leiko Ikemura

Photo of Leiko Ikemura
Born in Tsu, Mie Prefecture, Japan, Leiko Ikemura emigrated to Europe in 1973. A Japanese-Swiss dual citizen, Ikemura has been living and working between Berlin and Cologne since 1990. Formative memories from her native Japan find as much resonance as the impressions from her early stays in Spain and Switzerland in the 1970’s and 80’s, which accompany her to this day. The intimate metamorphosis of a lifelong painting process manifests itself in landscapes in which human figures and nature merge, amorphous forms and hybrid mythical creatures in continuous transformation. Leiko Ikemura’s works have been presented in solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Most recently, the Centro de Arte Caja Burgos exhibited the solo show Leiko Ikemura: Aun más mañanas (spring 2021).

Barbara Pollack

Barbara Pollack, photo by Grace Roselli
Photo by Joe Gaffney
Barbara Pollack is cofounder and co-director of Art at a Time Like This, a platform for expression for artists and curators to respond to the most pressing issues of the 21st century. Considered a leading authority on Asian contemporary art, she curated the recent exhibition Mirror Image: A Transformation of Chinese Identity at the Asia Society Museum in New York. Her latest book, Brand New Art from China: A Generation on the Rise is available from Bloomsbury Publishing. She is the recipient of two grants from the Asian Cultural Council, and received a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writer Grant in 2008. Pollack teaches at SVA.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Cindy Juyoung Ok reading.

Cindy Juyoung Ok

A portrait Cindy Juyoung Ok.
Cindy Juyoung Ok teaches undergraduate creative writing, translates Korean poetry, and edits poetry at Guernica magazine. A MacDowell Fellow, and author of the forthcoming chapbook House Work, from Ugly Duckling Presse, her poems are recently published in The Nation, Poetry, and The Massachusetts Review.

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