tagged: Japan

The Feminist Art Group Fighting Misogyny in Japan and Korea

by Natalie Hegert
“I’m scared to go back.” We were all squeezed into wooden folding chairs with a crowd standing around the perimeter of the room at Last Projects, on the second floor, where an old air conditioner, inadequately exhaling intermittent wafts of cool air, and a set of heavy Venetian blinds blocked out the sights and sounds of Hollywood Boulevard below. It was nearing 10pm. Their screening was over, and Pink, as she would like to be called, was at the front of the room, standing with her compatriot... [more]
Posted by Natalie Hegert on 9/8/15

Araki: An Exhibitionist Looking Death in the Eye

by Edo Dijksterhuis
In the film (1998) by Kore-eda Hirokazu the recently deceased end up on a minimalist film set. In this purgatory they discuss and improvise with their fellow travelers until they have decided on the ultimately defining moment of their lives. They re-enact it and then pass over to whatever paradise or nothingness may be waiting for them. One by one the dead come to terms with what they’ve left behind. Except for one, who can’t decide. That guy could have been Nobuyoshi Araki. The now... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 12/22/14

Juliane Eirich’s Quiet Complexity

by Vanessa Wildenstein
“Being a photographer, you become curious by profession. This curiosity is what inspires me and makes me enthusiastic about photography.” In 2011, Juliane Eirich, a young German photographer, was accepted by Studio Kura’s Artist in Residence Program in Itoshima, a rural city in subtropical southern Japan. Her stay translated into fifty-one evocative and curious pictures. The timing of Eirich’s visit was key to her work; it was shortly after the Fukushima nuclear plant explosion. The... [more]
Posted by Vanessa Wildenstein on 5/4/14

Want to talk about Japanese schlong?

by Philippa Snow , Charlotte Jansen
On Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM, Charlotte Jansen c********** wrote: Subject: Willies Want to talk about Japanese schlong? On Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 10:11 AM, Philippa Snow <p*********> wrote: Re: Willies Honestly, I'm shellshocked -- the shell in question, presumably, being some kind of hyper-vaginal conch, with a too-large and gnarled hermit crab attempting to squeeze his way in. I'll say it: the Shunga show made me long for the tender embrace of hardcore... [more]
Posted by Philippa Snow , Charlotte Jansen on 11/14/13

Just cute doesn’t cut it anymore

by Edo Dijksterhuis
From a monitor a man in a hazmat suit points his finger at us. Close by, the worrying crackle of a Geiger counter sounds. Two steps into , at Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort, the most urgent parameters of present-day life in Japan are forced upon the visitor. This is a nation dealing with the aftermath of a devastating tsunami and the resulting meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Its artists deal with the fallout in their own way. The suited man in the video, an anonymous artist... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 11/6/13

Kaikai Kiki lands in Berlin

by Nicole Rodríguez Woods
It was going to happen sooner or later. Japanese contemporary art mogul Takashi Murakami and his artist collective Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. would sweep in and claim their slice in the ever-burgeoning Berlin art scene. On June 22nd the flag was firmly planted in Kreuzberg on Dieffenbachstrasse 15. Although first previewed during Berlin’s Gallery Weekend with an all-day live Manga painting performance by artist Mahomi Kunikata, the fully renovated gallery officially opened to the public with a group... [more]
Posted by Nicole Rodríguez Woods on 7/7/12
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