Edited and published by its editorial collective based in Naha, Okinawa, las barcas aims to open an egalitarian space where artists, curators, and writers will unlearn the institutional division and work with one another more freely.
Our three volumes have also featured the works of internationally well-known artists and critics including Naoki Sakai (Critical Theory), Ryudai Takano, (Photography), Chihiro Minato (Photography and Criticism), Gozo Yoshimasu (Poetry), and Takao Kawaguchi (Performance Art).
las barcas 1(June 2011) features photography and artwork by Satoko Nema, Chikako Yamashiro, Kaori Nakasone, Yu Shiraki, and Gozo Yoshimasu and contains a dialogue between art curator Yumiko Okada and performance artist Takao Kawaguchi. It also includes critical essays on translation and transnationality by Naoki Sakai, on abstract painter Adaniya Masayoshi by Mayumo Inoue, and on ethics of sexuality by Ikuo Shinjo.
las barcas 2 (December 2012) features photography and artwork by Kiyoko Sakata, Chikako Yamashiro, Kaori Nakasone, Satoko Nema, Ryudai Takano, Ryohei Masuda, and Chihiro Minato. It also includes a dialogue on shadow and politics between Ryudai Takano, a photographer and recipient of the Kimura Award, and Ikuo Shinjo. Critical essays by Mayumo Inoue, Yutaka Yoshida, Kiwako Ogata, and Tetsu Oyakawa and an epistolary exchange between Yumiko Okada (curator) and Haruka Hama (film festival programmer) are also collected therein.
las barcas: An Extra Issue, our latest and full-color issue, has been just published in October, 2014. In addition to the artworks by Nema, Yamashiro, Sakata, and Nakasone, and critical and novelistic contributions from Shinjo, Inoue, and Oyakawa, it contains both photography and essay by Ryudai Takano, and still photographs from Queer Fish Road (Hengyoro), a work-in-progress feature-length film by Go Takamine.
Please send your general comment and purchase inquiry to: lasbarcas2011(at)gmail.com.