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Olafur Eliasson: Green Light - An artistic workshop, 2017

Conceived by Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), Green light - An artistic workshop is thought of as a welcoming act that shines a green light to asylum seekers, migrants, and refugees. In presentations of the workshop elsewhere, asylum seekers and refugees are joined by members of the public and student volunteers in building lamp modules based on a design by Eliasson and in an educational program, called Shared Learning that comprises seminars, lectures, artistic interventions, psychological and legal counselling, and creative workshops. Given that Japan accepts very few asylum applicants into the country, for Yokohama the Green light project has been adapted to focus on examining the barriers to integrating people from different backgrounds that exist in Japanese society today. In line with the theme of the Yokohama Triennale 2017, "Islands, Constellations & Galapogas", which examines the current state of the world in terms of "connectivity" and "isolation", the Green light project attempts to provide a platform to raise awareness of issues surrounding refugees and migrant communities in Japan. It seeks to connect those who are alienated and isolated as a result of displacement and to explore new kinds of communication that enable us to co-exist with people from different backgrounds. Most of the participants at the triennale are not themselves asylum seekers or refugees, but rather local people who are engaged with issues around migration in Japan, people who share the vision of a society that fosters co-existence, whose members are open to sharing and learning from each other. Participants and vistors alike can take part in the Shared learning program and also work together to build the lamps.

August 4 - November 5, 2017
Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan