Moe Nakamura, Japanese sculptor from Tokyo. Photography © Nozomu Uchida

1.In your opinion what is the role of a museum?

Museum can give unlimited imagination from various angles. Also, I think it is a place where artworks can be preserved over time and the past and the future are connected.

2.What are your favorite museums in the world? Why?

The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan that will be closed this year has been my favorite.

Taking advantage of its characteristics as an old mansion, each artist has displayed exhibitions that resonate with the space, and since childhood, I have had many opportunities to visit there with my parents, and it was an art museum that made me excited.

3.How important are social networks in your business? And which platform do you prefer and why?

I want people to come and see the work, so I’m not very active online, but I regularly post my work on Instagram.

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4.In particular, due to the coronavirus emergency, how have you changed your business on social networks?

I feel many people are actively using SNS. It seems that SNS has become more important to send information than before. However, because this is the situation, I realize the importance of actually seeing the artwork at the venue.

5.To create greater engagement among museums, artists and professionals, do you have any advice for cultural projects such as #MuseumWeek?

Whether it’s virtual or real, if you have a strong relationship of trust, it will be a big movement.

Interview by Fabio Pariante, journalist

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Moe Nakamura (Tokyo, 1988) is a Japanese sculptor trained at the MFA of Joshibi University of Art and Design. The focus of her artistic production is based on the figures of masked children who seem to emerge from the trees, because each work is carved in a single block of wood.

The works can reach enormous dimensions like Japanese trees, and each is a fantastic, light and poetic tale, like the colors and expressions that Nakamura defines by hand on the wood.

The artist is among the best known in Asia and since 2010, she has also exhibited at the Taipei World Trade Center and the Tokyo Art Museum and for the first time outside Asia, Nakamura is currently on show in Italy at the Dorothy Circus Gallery in Rome, in the collective exhibition “The house of rising light” until September 18, 2020. The artist lives and works in Tokyo.