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Naoko Mabon


Naoko Mabon is a Japanese freelance curator in contemporary visual art currently based in Oban. As an immigrant person whose body always finds itself ‘in-between translation/mistranslation’, Naoko is interested in the volatile, fluid and fictitious nature of one’s identity, and how we could possibly make relationships with what we see as ‘disparate othersʼ beyond common ground. Within the curatorial practice, Naoko often works with people across backgrounds, professions and cultures through a site-specific and collaborative approach, and aims to be open, fair and inviting, yet experimental, challenging and critical to the particular subject contexts. Recent work includes: Ilana Halperin: The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi), a cross-disciplinary project between Yamaguchi and Scotland (2019–21); Kyojitsu-Hiniku: Between the Skin and the Flesh of Japan, an exhibition as part of the 110 Years of Japanese Immigration in Brazil, Pavilhão Japonês, São Paulo, Brazil (2018); Leaves Without Routes, an exhibition at a Japanese-style house originally built during the Japanese colonial period in Taipei Botanical Garden, Taiwan (2016); among others.