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On Kawara

Born in Japan, date unknown

From the archived Documenta 11 website : www.documenta12.de//archiv/d11/data/english/index.html

“By documenting the modes through which time is measured and understood in a society preoccupied by information, classification, and archival strategies, On Kawara interrogates how modern identity is formed and sustained. While time may be an abstraction, it is contained by diverse systems that try to give it shape. Yet, as the various components of Kawara’s work suggest, even within patterns of repetition, never-ending and unforeseen variation can occur. As Kawara registers the differences in the repetitive patterns of chronological time, he also records the diverse actions, places, and people that define his lived experience within them.”

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