Reborn-Art Festival

Altruism and Fluidity [ Second Term ]  August 20 (SAT) – October 2 (SUN), 2022    *Closed on August 24 (WED), September 7 (WED), 14 (WED)

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Production Zomia

Central Ishinomaki Area

Formed in 2021 as a network of artists, curators, and other arts professionals in Asia.
Recent activities include organizing ”Trans-local Migrants on the Water - Contemporary Art from the Mekong Region" (2021, Semba Excel Building, Osaka).

The term "Zomia" refers to the mountainous regions of mainland Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar) and southern after the Tibetan and Myanmarese word "Zomi" (highlander).
ZomiaThey isare characterized by dispersion/migration and oral traditions, escaping any form of state control such as taxation, military service, slavery, etc. They are also a people who believe in animism and live in an egalitarian society.
There is a theory that some of the people of the Zomia were driven from the plains and migrated to mountainous areas, while others fled to the sea or rivers and continued to migrate through the "Zomia on the Water".

Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Apichatpong was born in 1970 and grew up in Khon Kaen in north- eastern Thailand. He began making film and video shorts in 1994, and completed his first feature in 2000. His art projects and feature films have won him widespread recognition and numerous festival prizes, including four prizes from the Cannes Film Festival. His film, “Syndromes and a Century”, completed in late 2006, was the first Thai film to be selected for competition at the Venice Film Festival. In 2010, “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” won a Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival. In 2021, "Memoria" was screened in the competition section of the 74th Cannes Film Festival and won the Jury Prize.
He has also mounted exhibitions and installations in many countries since 1998. Often non-linear, with a strong sense of dislocation, his works deal with memory, subtly addressed personal politics and social issues.
In 2005 he was presented with one of Thailandʼs most prestigious awards, Silpatorn, by the Thai Ministry of Culture. In 2008, the French Minister of Culture bestowed on him the medal of Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des letter (Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature). In 2011, he was given another honor for the same field with an Officer Medal, and later in 2017, Commandeurs medal.

Irwan Ahmett & Tita Salina
Working together since 2010, Irwan Ahmett (b.1975) and Tita Salina (b.1973) are an artist duo from Jakarta, Indonesia.Their tactical, interventionist approach is developed in response to living in a megacity of 15 million people, and amid large-scale contemporary political power struggles.Their work intervenes in public spaces and makes sharp social criticisms on issues of urban development, ecosystem issues, political oppression, plantation heritage, and exploitation of ecosystem resources.
Their recent exhibitions are Bangkok Art Biennale, Bangkok, Thailand (2020), NTU Centre of Contemporary Art Singapore (2019), Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland (2017).

Aung Myat Htay
Aung Myat Htay (b.1973, Mandalay, Myanmar) is an artist and independent curator. He has been practicing bronze sculpture assisted his father since he was young.
Start art education at the state-run Fine Art school and, graduated in BFA at the University of Art & Culture in Yangon. Research and further learning by international residencies in the US, Europe, and Asia.Working as an art lecturer and he explores the potential in freedom of expression found in contemporary art. He expresses social messages with combines a contemporary senses in traditional forms. He is a founder of SOCA alternative art learning program and also known as writer and curator in Myanmar art community. His recent Solo exhibitions are “Consciousness of Realities”(2019, Myanm/art Gallery Space, Yangon, Myanmar), “Dining-Room Opera”(2014, Rooster Gallery, New York, NY), “Calling Memory,”(2012, Koganecho Bazaar Art Festival, Yokohama, Japan).

Ting Tong Chang
Ting Tong Chang (b.1982, Taipei, Taiwan) is an artist who lives and works in Taipei and London. Chang is known for his collaborative projects through a variety of media including installation, video, and theatre. After receiving his MFA at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2011, Chang has exhibited internationally. He held solo exhibitions at the Cube Project Space, the Museum of NTUE and Taipei Fine Arts Museum and has participated in group shows and commissioned projects in Guangzhou Triennial, Taipei Biennial, Saatchi Gallery, Compton Verney Art Gallery and Wellcome Trust. Chang’s major awards include the 19th Taishin Arts Award, Taipei Art Award 2020, Hong Kong Art Central RISE Award 2016, VIA Arts Prize 2016, and Royal Society of Sculptors Bursary Award 2015. His works can be found in the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Art Bank, Hong Foundation, Embassy of Brazil London, JM SR Collection Mexico and private collections in Europe and Asia.

Mech Choulay & Mech Sereyrath
Mech Choulay and Mech Sreyrath are sisters who work together. They were both born in the 1990s, so they are the next generation of Cambodian contemporary artists and graduate of Sa Sa Art Projects.

Mech Choulay (Right): Born in Kandal province, Cambodia in 1992 . Based in Phnom Penh, she is active as an artist, documentary filmmaker, and freelance journalist.

Mech Sreyrath (Left): Born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 1993 . She received her Bachelor degree in Media Management from the Department of Media and Communications at the Royal University of Phnom Penh in 2018. In 2017, one of her photos was awarded second place in the Cultural Visa Photo competition, which was then exhibited in New York Gallery.
Their recent exhibitions are “TheMekong is blue and dried”(2021, Sea Junction, BACC, Bangkok), “Elements”(2020, Sa Sa Art Projects, Phnom Penh).

Montika Kham-on
Montika Kham-on (1999, Samutprakarn, Thailand) Montika Kham-on is a filmmaker.
She explores the potentials of moving images, and the possibilities of film technologies to examine the past and manifest multiple futures.
Kham-on is also interested in fields that work with the body, from theater to dance. She strives to incorporate said fields with moving images to grapple with what is beyond the boundaries of language. Her recent exhibitions are “Crypto for Cryptids”(2021, Bangkok, Thailand), “Talk-Talk-Vilion”(2021, part of the Bangkok Biennial, Bangkok, Thailand).

Reference Image

  • Ryuichi Sakamoto + Apichatpong Weerasethakul
    async - first light
    Photo by Shuji Goto

  • Irwan Ahmett & Tita Salina
    1001st Island – The Most Sustainable Island in Archipelago

  • Aung Myat Htay
    Calling Memory
    Koganecho Bazaar Art Festival, Yokohama

  • Ting Tong Chang
    Crystal Seeding
    Photo by Liu Zhejun

  • Mech Choulay & Mech Sereyrath
    Mother of River

  • Montika Kham-on
    The Buried Giant



Reborn-Art Festival 2021-22
Second Term
Altruism and Fluidity

[ Period ]

August 20 (SAT) – October 2 (SUN), 2022
*Closed on August 24 (WED),
September 7 (WED), 14 (WED)

[ Venue ]

Ishinomaki City
(Central Ishinomaki,
Memorial Park area, Watanoha),

Oshika Peninsula
(Momonoura-Oginohama, Ayukawa)

in Miyagi Prefecture

[ Viewing Times ]

Ishinomaki City area
10:00 - 17:00 (final admission at 16:30)

Oshika Peninsula area

10:00 - 16:00
(final admission at 15:30)

Saturdays, Sundays,
Public holidays
10:00 - 17:00
(final admission at 16:30)

*Hours may differ depending on the facility and work.

[ Organizers ]

Reborn-Art Festival Executive Committee
ap bank

[ Co-organizers ]

Miyagi Prefecture /
Ishinomaki City /
Shiogama City /
Higashimatsushima City /
Matsushima Town /
Onagawa Town /
Kahoku Shimpo Publishing Co. /
JR East-Sendai

[ Grant ]

The Agency for Cultural Affairs,
Government of Japan in the fiscal

[ Sponsors ]


[ Supporters ]

Tohoku Broadcasting Co., Ltd. /
Sendai Television Incorporated /
Miyagi Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd. /

[ Special cooperation ]

Reborn-Art Festival Ishinomaki Executive Committee

[ Cooperation ]

Ishinomaki Mill, Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd.
Ishinomaki Senshu University
FSX, Inc.

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