Under the title 'Time Crevasse', Yokohama Triennale 2008 is designed to question the linear concept of time and the rigid world view that characterize modernity. The exhibition has brought together 72 selected artists from 25 different countries and regions.
'Art shakes up our everyday perceptions. It gives us glimpses of the "abysses" we normally fail to notice, or perhaps pretend not to notice. It can horrify us, give us courage, console us, or provide us with what we need to face life. Art arises when we confront those abysses squarely and, by waiting attentively at the edges of "time crevasses", we can scrupulously register various forms ofmutual differentiation - individual or social differences; differences of nationality, gender, generation, ethnicity, religion, and so on - including the particular circumstances in which we ourselves are currently situated.
The Yokohama Triennale aims to offer an opportunity for honest reevaluation and reaffirmation of art's essential value and power today and in the future. This forum for artistic expression is maintained not only for the sake of mere novelty to be consumed like information, but rather so that, by confronting and accepting the myriad "crevasses" etched in their histories, people can work toward achieving a better mutual understanding of a deep and far-reaching kind.' - extracted from the press release.
Artist biographies are provided in the present catalogue.