「Here To Stand, Here We Stand」

2024/mixed media

The first collaborative work by Suguru Yamamoto and Arata Mino, “Here To Stand, Here We Stand " is an installation born from research . The two artists came to Sapporo from YAU STUDIO in Yurakucho, Tokyo, and through interactions with people who know the history of this city, they have engaged in discussions about the meaning of "standing" in this space for buildings, spaces, and people, as well as the concept of “temporary enclosure" connecting the past, present, and future. The original play “Here We Stand” by Yamamoto has been translated into space by designer Shuto Otsuki. As if it were weaving between Mino’ s photographs and the installation, the piece creates a narrative that moves back and forth above ground and underground.

There are times when individuals feel a sense of helplessness when confronting the faces of landscapes. This work can be seen as a collaborative effort to bring together such “individuals”and to infuse life into the landscape. ――ARATA MINO

I just wanted to write a romantic play. Rather than lamenting the present, I believe it's much more actual for those living in the moment to dream of a future that doesn't exist. ――SUGURU YAMAMOTO

Hokkaido Building (tentative name) Reconstruction Project (temporary wall)
Sapporo Ekimae-dori Underground Walkway (Chi-Ka-Ho)(Rest Area)between exits 4 and 6 Kita 2-jo Nishi 4-chome


Photographer and playwright Mino Arata was born in Fukuoka Prefecture.
Mino’s research and practice focus on connecting the memories and landscapes left in marginalized places or objects and bringing to the foreground the intermediary elements that connect “here” and “there.” He works across disciplines, primarily creating fictional narratives based on his own photographs and videos and presenting them through various in media. Recent major exhibitions include “Until the Outside Becomes Quiet” at the “Towada Art Center: Space” and more.


Yamamoto is a playwright, director, actor, and representative of the theater collective HANCHU-YUEI. With an artistic background in film, literature, music, and art from an early age, Yamamoto constructs a theatrical world that vividly reflects the rapidly changing ethical values of a contemporary information society. He has performed and engaged in collaborative productions with various Asian countries and the United States as well as provided numerous plays. Yamamoto received the 66th Kunio Kishida Drama Award for his work, “Banana Flowers are Edible.”


Artist: Suguru Yamamoto & Arata Mino

Director: Taisuke Koyama

Designer: Shuto Otsuki

Retoucher: Miyuki Mori

Coordinator: Shintaro Tokairin, Sakura Yamamoto (YAU STUDIO)

Planning: Yurakucho Art Urbanism

Equipment Sponsorhship: King Jim Co.

Acknowledgments (titles omitted):Ayane Akasaka, Mie Shibata, Kota Taguchi, Hirotaka Nakai, Ryuzo Hasegawa, Shinsaku Hirano, Koichi Matsumura, Ayano Nobui