DumbType, Teiji Furuhashi, Soni Kum, Bubu de la Madeleine & Sohei Yamada, Yoshiko Shimada, Chikako Yamashiro
19 January – 26 February 2012.
Art, Performance & Activism features the work of artists/activists based in Japan who push the boundaries of where art, performance and activism intersect. Presenting visually powerful and pioneering works from the mid-1990s to the present the exhibition explores differing strategies of intervention that seek to engage in contemporary debates and to change how we think and act.
Engaging with contemporary themes of art and action, private and public, memory and identity, the exhibition is the first to present their work in the UK and to provide a context for their interventions. Works include Teiji Furuhashi’s mesmerising solo production, The Lovers (Dying Pictures, Loving Pictures) and S/N performance by the Kyoto-based art collective DumbType, the print-based activist work of Yoshiko Shimada, and the visceral performance-based film work of emergent artists Soni Kum and Chikako Yamashiro. Provocative, beautiful, haunting, disturbing…moving.
Curated by Professor Fran Lloyd of Kingston University, London and Professor Rebecca Jennison of Kyoto Seika University, Japan.
A range of events to support the exhibition will also be held. For more information please click on the links below:
ARTIST’S TALK: Soni Kum
ARTISTS’ TALK: Yoshiko Shimada and Chikako Yamashiro
CURATORS’ TOUR: Fran Lloyd & Rebecca Jennison
MONTHLY DO: Drawing as One – with artist Yoshiko Shimada
MONTHLY DO: Performance workshop with artist Soni Kum
SCREENING: Art and Activism
POLA Art Foundation
Japan Foundation Endowment Committee
The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
The Saison Foundation
Kyoto Seika University
DumbType work is presented with cooperation of Shiro and Yoko Takatani, DumbType, Kyoto & Shinya Yamaki, Kyoto Seika University; Chikako Yamashiro’s work is presented with cooperation of Yumiko Chiba Associates; Yoshiko Shimada and Bubu de la Madeleine courtesy of Ota Fine Arts.