Odor and memory are deeply interconnected and culturally influenced. For this exhibition at Wanås Konst, Swedish, British, French and Japanese artists have approached olfactory art in various ways.
They have created artworks that invite exploration of nostalgic (Natsukashii) responses to smell, enabling recollections of memories of events that took place in the past.
The exhibition is suitable for all age groups, and includes dance performances and workshops. It will fill Wanås Konst with a variety of fragrances, seeking to awaken old memories and forgotten emotions through our senses centering on smell.
The exhibition is part of a research programme aimed at improving the quality of life for the elderly who live in nursing homes. The exhibition in Sweden will continue to develop this research and include a similar audience survey together with research conducted with local nursing homes.
The project commenced in Japan in 2016 and resulted in exhibitions in Kyoto and Paris in 2017, and is supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 25560018, The Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation, Musverre Contemporary Glass Art Museum and The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.
Nathan COHEN (UK), Åsa HERRGÅRD (SE), Yoko IWASAKI (JP), Hiroshi KOYAMA (SE), Reiko KUBOTA(UK), Yasuaki MATSUMOTO (JP), Carmen OLSSON (SE), Boris RAUX (FR), Akemi TAKATA (SE), Takumi TSUKAHARA (JP)