Ryoko Akama ‘loiner or’  – 


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Pavilion presents loiner or, a newly commissioned sculptural sound work by Japanese-born, Huddersfield-based composer and artist Ryoko Akama. Using sound, light, movement, museum objects and oral testimonies, Akama’s installation is a delicately balanced response to the memory of migrant textiles and garment workers in Leeds.

Akama’s minimalistic compositions magnify silence, time and space. Working with fragile materials, everyday objects and electronics, her work produces spontaneous light and sound events at a micro scale. Her new installation is produced as part of Pavilion’s current Interwoven Histories exhibition at Leeds Industrial Museum, and the organisation’s ongoing work to capture and re-present the lives and experiences of migrant workers in Leeds over the last century.

loiner or is the result of Akama’s encounters with refugees, asylum seekers and ex-textiles and garment workers in the city, and research into objects held at Leeds Industrial Museum.

Part of Pavilion’s Interwoven Histories programme, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), expanding narratives around migration and making visible visible migrant workers’ contributions to industry and culture in Leeds. The work is also supported by Leeds Inspired.

Image: Ryoko Akama and Anne-F Jacques, 2017. Copyright James Vanderhoven