Of Catfish and Earthquakes: The Contemporary Art of Yuta Niwa

Of Catfish and Earthquakes: The Contemporary Art of Yuta Niwa


Royal Ontario Museum

ROM hosts emerging Japanese artist Yuta Niwa in a keynote presentation in support of the online exhibition, Aftershocks: Japanese Earthquake Prints, that focuses on his reinterpretation of these important historical art forms for contemporary audiences. 

Hosted by Akiko Takesue, Niwa’s keynote presentation, supported by visual illustrations, will showcase his work, which incorporates traditional Japanese painting techniques and materials into artworks dealing with modern disasters such as earthquakes and infectious diseases. 

After the presentation, enjoy an onstage discussion led by Akiko Takesue that explores the resilience of human beings in using humour to overcome grief – a major theme in both the historical prints and Niwa’s contemporary works. Learn more about how and why Yuta Niwa gravitated towards these historical prints as inspiration, how his work intersects with his personal and culture background, and the Japanese collective experience of disasters. 

Note: This program will be in part presented in Japanese, with translation provided.  

This program is co-presented by ROM and The Japan Foundation, Toronto for the online exhibition Aftershocks: Japanese Earthquake Prints.