We Belong Here
WE BELONG HERE is the first solo exhibition by Yuken Teruya in Miami, curated by Martin Craciun. The exhibition features an important new body of work, alongside several recent works never shown in the US before. Traversing mediums of 2D, 3D and installation, WE BELONG HERE presents a sharp critique of contemporary society through Yuken Teruya’s use of monumental landmarks as places of community and commodity. The works on view manifest Teruya’s continued investigation into the production of matter, energy and power in the human realm. His artistic production often recalls the Japanese tradition of honesty and simplicity, as well as his homeland, Okinawa. However, Teruya emerges with a singular voice from his twenty-year experience in western society. Fascinated with the decadence of contemporary culture, Teruya investigates the destructive tendencies of institutions of consumption that are pillars in our capitalistic society, such as banks, churches and museums. By methodically dismantling the frameworks of these institutions, Teruya lays out a legible blueprint for his viewers. Committed to its political strength, the exhibition presents some of Teruya’s most ambitious projects to date; Demonstrating his unique ability to dominate medium, language and scale, WE BELONG HERE propels its viewer towards an uncontainable present that exceeds our current mundane experience.