22nd – 28th March
Napoleon’s Nose During The Pandemic:
A photographic installation by artist Shiro Masuyama. The work can be viewed in the festival unit at Connswater Shopping Centre, East Belfast.
Photographed from Waterworks, North Belfast, January 2021.
Installation accompanied with a photograph, a tripod and a frame which has a face mask.
My house in North Belfast is located near a good view point to see the Cave Hill, where it looks really like person’s face lying down. Since I moved to Belfast 10 years ago, I’ve kept undertaking several projects based on this land face physically and imaginably. During the pandemic everybody needs to wear a face mask. So I decided to cover also Napoleon’s Nose using a face mask in front of my camera.
Shiro Masuyama was born in Tokyo in 1971. He lived in Berlin, Germany from 2004 for 6 Years. Since 2010 He has been based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He hold a Masters in Architecture from Meiji University, Japan. His artistic practice has mainly developed through participating in a diverse range of artist residencies worldwide including Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown (2014-2015) ; MMCA – National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea, The National Art Studio Goyang, Korea (2008) ; IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2006) ; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (2004-2005) and ISCP – International Studio and Curatorial Programme, New York, USA (2002-2003). He has had numerous solo exhibitions worldwide including ‘Coexistence’, Siamsa Tire – National Folk Theatre of Ireland, Kerry, Ireland(2019); ‘Self-Sufficient Life’, Kyoto-ba, Kyoto, Japan (2019); ‘Attracting My Neighbors’, Chiang Rai Art Museum, Thailand (2017) ; ‘Self-Sufficient Life’, Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown (2015) & Fotoaura Institute of Photography, Tainan, Taiwan (2015) ; “Intervention”, Water and Sculpture Hills Ichiara Museum, Chiba, Japan (2010). Numerous group exhibitions include ‘Noise of Silence : Japanese Art Now’, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2019) ; ‘Wandering Seeds’, National Museum of Prehistory, Tatung, Taiwan (2018) ; ‘Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art’, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2015) ; ‘Aichi Triennale 2013’, Nagoya, Japan (2013); ’The 1st Tokorozawa Biennale of Contemporary Art – Siding Road’ Tokorozawa, Japan. He has completed public art commissions ‘Five Apples’, Ballymena, Northern Ireland (2015). He has received numerous awards including Grand Prix (Grand Prize) , ‘The 7th 500m Museum Award’, Sapporo, Japan (2019) ; Long term fellowship, Japan Foundation Asia Center, Japan (2017-2018) ; ACES Awards, Arts Council of Northern Ireland (2016) ; Individual Artist’s Award, Derry-Londonderry City of Culture (2013) ; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, USA (2009-2010) ; Japanese Government Oversea Program for Artists, Japan (2004-2005) ; Pola Art Foundation, Japan (2002- 2003). His work ranges from performance to sculpture, installation, photography and video.