Mind and Matter: Interview with Kohei Nawa
By Pamela Wong
Japanese artist Kohei Nawa creates futuristic sculptures that interweave the religious and the ritualistic with his views on the origin of life and the cosmic universe. Born and raised in Kyoto—a city known for its historic landmarks, traditional craftmanship, and cultural heritage—Nawa has dedicated his practice to the exploration of material and its relationship to physics as well as spirituality. On the eve of his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, Nawa sat down with AAP to discuss his approach to artmaking, his attachment to religious culture in Japan, his fascination with science fiction and astronomy, and his various collaborations, including a recent performative work with Belgian-French choreographer Damien Jalet.