MEXX by Azuma Makoto

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MEXX by Azuma Makoto

March 18, 2022
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September 7, 2022
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Mexx by Azuma Makoto explores the concept of coexistence and symbiosis. The Japanese artist designed a unique structure full of living flowers native to Mexico. It is an artificial ecosystem installed inside the museum, being able to observe over time how it integrates with the surrounding environment, living in harmony with everything that existed before its arrival. The in-situ installation is the largest work done to date by the botanical sculptor and was inspired by the unique architecture of the museum and the dialogue it has with its surroundings. Azuma’s largest work to date, was created in response to SFER IK’s unique biophilic design and the surrounding wilderness. Made from locally-sourced materials similar to those involved in the museum’s construction—vines, concrete, and fiberglass—the sculpture composes an enormous array of live indigenous flowers to paint a picture of the country’s biological wealth. Over the course of the exhibition, the work will bloom into the museum space, blurring the line between man-made and natural expressions through the lens of the traditional Japanese conception of negative space—or ‘Ma’ (間). As much a performance as an artifact, at its core, Mexx asks if an artificial ecosystem can reach symbiosis and harmonize with nature. After dismantling the installation, SFER IK and Azuma will donate all living flowers to the local community.

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Azuma Makoto

Azuma Makoto was born on July 24th, 1976 in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. In 1997 he moved to Tokyo following his dream: to be a rock musician. Once in the Japanese capital his path began to turn. It was the need to cover his living costs that took him to start a part-time job at a flower market. Here he discovered his passion for flowers. In 2002 in association with the photographer Shiinoki Shunsuketo, he opened his own flower shop named JARDINS des FLEURS in Minami-Aoyama, Tokio. In addition to running his haute couture flower shop, Azuma is a floral artist recognized among many other things for creating the term botanical sculptures.In 2009 he founded AMKK: Azuma Makoto Kaju Kenkyusho, a floral and botanical experimental lab. This place is used for exploring the whole life cycle of flowers and plants. In addition, they also use creativity and connection with these beings to design unique works.

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