Koganecho Bazaar 2018
Koganecho Bazaar is an art festival hosted by the Koganecho Management Center, an NPO that uses art to revitalize Yokohama’s Koganecho urban area, which used to be populated by illegal brothels. With the city’s everyday spaces as a stage, the festival has been held every year since 2008, and to date organizers have invited a total of 90 groups of artists, curators, and architects from Japan and abroad. The festival examines current issues raised by contemporary art.
As a main part of the program to revitalize the area, the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program utilizes the small shop spaces and new art studios beneath the Keikyu Line train tracks, providing opportunities for promising Japanese and international artists. During the event, you can view the work produced by the artists who’ve been in residence over the last year. Simply look for the poster (pictured above) placed outside different venues underneath and alongside the train tracks near Koganecho Station, and feel free to browse the art, meet the artists and take part in the interactive installations.