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WAITINGROOM was founded in Tokyo in 2010 with the mission to promote and support cutting-edge contemporary art in various media. The gallery works with young and emerging artists who have their own distinct, unique perspectives on the world and who explore new and diverse ways through which such perspectives can be expressed.

The gallery’s attention is focused on the presence of human beings in our post-industrial society, which covers a wide range of topics from social engagement to our relationship with nature, from cultural heritage to the fantasies we sometimes dream of to keep our faith in the world. The gallery’s artists often arouse sentiments that echo universally; they have frequent exhibitions in Japan as well as at international galleries, museums, biennials, triennials, and more.

Beyond exhibitions, WAITINGROOM supports artistic creation through diverse programs, including lectures and workshops that stimulate dynamic discussions. Through building a positive relationship between artists and audiences, WAITINGROOM aims to share artistic inspiration with the world.

Exhibition Information
Naho Kawabe, Hanae Utamura: STRATA
October 15–November 13
This is an exhibition by Hanae Utamura (b. 1980), who has been based in New York, USA since 2018, and Naho Kawabe, who has lived in Hamburg, Germany since 2001. Utamura graduated from the University of the Arts London and was a resident at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin before moving to New York. Kawabe graduated from the HFBK University of Fine Arts Hamburg and maintains a studio in the area.

There is a physical distance of 3,871 miles between their respective places of residence and a time difference of six hours. This exhibition is the result of two artists meeting for the first time, coexisting in real time online and at the point where their bodies are placed on the ground.
left: Naho Kawabe, Züchtung, 2020
right: Hanae Utamura, Ancient Air - Seafloor Core Glass Volcanic Moment, photo by Shintaro Yamanaka