The National Art Center, Tokyo

Ayaka Ura
Gestures of Trying to Engage with Bees (proper relationships have been destroyed…)
Part of the early exhibition viewing program

May 10 (Wed) – 29 (Mon), 10:00-18:00
*Open from 10:00-20:00 on Fridays, Saturdays
*Closed on Tuesdays
May 27 (Sat), 10:00 – 28 (Sun), 18:00
The National Art Center, Tokyo, Annex Wall
[Participation fee]
A series of photographs documenting the dance-like gestures of a human attempting to interact with bees will be exhibited outdoors in the form of billboard advertisements. As the bodies of the human and the bees draw close together, they dodge each other out of dislike, sometimes moving in the same direction as a result of dodging, and sometimes losing their balance. Between the two buildings that symbolize the past and present of the National Art Center, Tokyo, the exhibition will inquire into the relationship that emerges when we try to maintain an appropriate distance from others and end up influencing one another.


Ayaka Ura

Born in Kanagawa prefecture in 1992. Graduated from the Department of Painting at Musashino Art University in 2015. Ura’s aim is to create artwork that serves as a device for inverting or blending disparate things. She has created a number of participatory performance pieces that were achieved in collaboration with her audience. Ura is also involved in exhibitions and event planning as one of the vehicles for her work.

Her recent solo exhibitions
-shell / fossil / left / traces / of / the / fossil / female / form / of / the / body,2022, Kanazawa Art Village,Ishikawa;
-Watashi wa Sore o Dansu no Soshi to Nazukeru (“This I Call the Elements of Dance”), 2019, Hiroshima Art Center, Hiroshima;
-the solo performance Odoru Hakaishi Sono 2/(Chigireta Mimizu) (Tsutsu no you na Karada) (“The Dancing Gravestone Part 2/(The Torn-Apart Earthworm) (The Tube-Shaped Body)”), 2019, blanClass, Kanagawa;

group exhibition
-Aichi triennale 2022,2022,Aichi prefecutual museum of art,Aichi
-(((((,:Kakko-Tojinai,2022,Komagome SOKO ,Tokyo
-Hikikomi-sen/Hosha-sen (“Lead-in Wires/Radiating Lines”), 2019, as well as exhibitions in various metropolitan locations in Saitama, Tokyo, Kanagawa and more.

Ura has been a manager at CSLAB, the independent creative center for students at Tokyo Zokei University since 2019. She is also involved in the co-planning and co-execution of the “female artist meeting” network of women who are involved in art with artist Tsuga Megumi.