Theory and Beer: Traditional Japanese Aesthetics with Kae Sasaki


November 29


06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Event Category:

Downtown Events


MAWA Mentoring Artists for Women's Art

611 Main Street

Winnipeg, MB, Canada, R3B 1E1

Free, everyone is welcome to come and join in the discussion!

Japanese literary titan Jun’ichiro Tanizaki’s short essay “In Praise of Shadows” offers sublime and at times peculiar insights into all things delicate and nuanced, heightened by shadows and the patina of age. This informal conversation will explore and critique Tanizaki’s random selection of themes encompassing architecture, theatre, lacquerware, food and skin colour.

Reading: Jun’ichiro Tanizaki, “In Praise of Shadows” (1933, translated into English in 1977)

Kae Sasaki, a transplant from Tokyo to Winnipeg, is an oil painter with focus on portraiture and architecture. Her work speaks of the complexity of modern identity and displacement felt when straddling different cultures. Sasaki obtained a BA in German Literature from Rikkyo University in Tokyo and a BFA Honours from University of Manitoba, and she has been shortlisted for the Kingston Prize, the Salt Spring National Art Prize and Jackson’s Open Painting Prize.

About Theory and Beer: It’s fun, it’s theoretical and you don’t have to drink beer! In order to present wide-ranging points of view and interests, MAWA organizes Critical Discussion Groups led by guest facilitators. Each meeting will have a thematic focus and weblinks to readings. Come prepared, so that the conversation really “cooks”…. Goodness knows we need “heated” debate! Join us in the warm glow of the Legion as we grapple with texts and ideas. People of all genders are welcome!

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