Kumpei Miyata, Walk through the earthquake, thunder, a fire, and my father, 2015, Unmapping the End of the World, Drawings on maps, photos, video, a book, plasma ball, etc. Dimensions variable. Photo: Fleur Ruddick

This installation was made with materials that have a relation to Kumpei Miyata’s father’s family and history. “The earthquake, thunder, a fire, and my father” comes from a proverb common in Japanese regions where there have been many natural disasters. Natural disasters were especially feared under the patriarchal system of old Japan and while we may still fear them now, the fear has an altogether different quality. Kumpei has suffered many natural disasters in his lifetime and each time he has lost some knowledge of how he came to be here and how his father, grandfather and great-grandfather lived.

Kumpei Miyata, Walk through the earthquake, thunder, a fire, and my father, 2015, Unmapping the End of the World, Drawings on maps, photos, video, a book, plasma ball, etc. Dimensions variable. Photo: Danielle Hanifin

Kumpei Miyata, Walk through the earthquake, thunder, a fire, and my father, 2015, Unmapping the End of the World, Drawings on maps, photos, video, a book, plasma ball, etc. Dimensions variable. Photo: Fleur Ruddick

Kumpei Miyata, Walk through the earthquake, thunder, a fire, and my father, 2015, Unmapping the End of the World, Drawings on maps, photos, video, a book, plasma ball, etc. Dimensions variable. Photo: Fleur Ruddick

Kumpei Miyata is an emerging artist who critiques and experiments with the issues of everyday life, the art system, and the position of artists within the art system. He describes his recent projects as attempting to fly.

Kumpei Miyata was born in 1981 in Miyazaki, now living in Fukuoka. Miyata graduated from the master course of Fukuoka University of Education. While managing art projects, exhibitions and assisting other artists, Kumpei pursues a critique of issues of everyday life, the art system and the position of artists.