The Snow Monkeys of Texas: Do snow monkeys remember snow mountains?, 2016

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Shimabuku

Shimabuku

The Snow Monkeys of Texas: Do snow monkeys remember snow mountains?, 2016

Vidéo HD (couleur, son), lettrage adhésif, cactus

20 min.

Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

© Shimabuku 2018 © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Shimabuku

The Snow Monkeys of Texas: Do snow monkeys remember snow mountains?, 2016

Vidéo HD (couleur, son), lettrage adhésif, cactus

20 min.

Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

© Shimabuku 2018 © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

While visiting the monkeys who live on the mountain in the forests of Arashiyama in the Kyoto suburbs in 1992, Shimabuku learnt that, 20 years earlier, a group of Japanese macaque monkeys had been moved to a reserve in Texas, in the southern United States.

After a first difficult year, the “snow monkeys” gradually acclimatised to their new natural environment, with its local fauna and flora, which the artist was able to observe first-hand in 2016. During this visit, he carried out an experiment to find out if these uprooted primates, which were now Americanised and lived in a desert region alongside other wild animals, and ate cactus flowers, remembered snow, by placing a heap of crushed ice in their midst. The curious monkeys approach the ice, touching and tasting it, initially with caution, then with confidence, possibly reminiscing on their lost past. With this simple action, the artist questions the memory and ability of living species to adapt to their environment.

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Shimabuku

Born in 1969, in Kobe (Japan)
Lives and works in Japan

Shimabuku collects unlikely encounters. Inspired by situationist deviations, he travels widely, interacting with the living world through his work, pushing the boundaries between imagination and physical reality.
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