Trailer of the documentary film of Japanese artist Rei Naito‘s work ‘Matrix‘ and five women’s interactions with it in Teshima Art Museum designed by Ryue Nishizawa. Film directed by Yuko Nakamura.
North American Premiere
A Room of Her Own: Rei Naito and Light
On an island in the Seto Inland Sea, the Teshima Art Museum integrates the serene seaside environment with an architectural structure by Ryue Nishizawa and the artwork “Matrix” by Rei Naito. The remote museum’s single installation suspends light, air and droplets of underground water in constant play, defining a unique, meditative space barred from filming. An innovative portrait in which the mysterious artist refuses to appear onscreen, Yuko Nakamura’s documentary explores five women’s interactions with the dynamic space of “Matrix” in unprecedented access to the site while delving into Naito’s body of work, beginning with her projects in Hiroshima. Foregrounding a deep connection with tangible and intangible elements of human experience and generations of Japanese women, Nakamura’s film takes full advantage of the cinematic medium to confront Naito’s artworks and the existential themes they evoke.
2015. 87 min. Blu-ray, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Yuko Nakamura. With Rei Naito, Ran Taniguchi, Hina Yukawa, Keiko Oyama, Nobuko Numakura, Kyoko Tanaka.
“Highlighting the two-year communications between Naito, an artist who has never revealed her creating processes to the outside world, and director Yuko Nakamura, this film shows the quest of five women, all invariably enchanted by Naito’s art, as they explore her artistic world based on the question of whether it is in itself a blessing to be alive.” —Aichi International Women’s Film Festival
Rei Naito (内藤 礼) is a Japanese artist who was born in Hiroshima. She graduated from Musashino Art University in 1985. She presented her works at the 47th Venice Biennale (1997) in Italy. She also collaborated with architect Ryue Nishizawa (co-founder of SANAA) at the Teshima Art Museum on the island of Teshima, in the Seto Inland Sea.
Yuko Nakamura is a Japanese TV director, producer. After graduating from Keio University, Nakamura worked in publishing as an editor, and then joined TV MAN UNION, INC, a large independent television production company. She has produced: The Mistery of the Record and Audio (2007), Gozzira will come! (2008), and The Relationship: Art Director Chie Morimoto (2010).