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Subversive Bodies: Art, Gender, and Media

 6 August 2022 (Sat.)~27 August 2022 (Sat.) 

Curated by 

Subversive Bodies Project Team

​Artists  

 

Aukanaw

Claudia DEL FIERRO

Va-Bene "crazinisT artisT" FIATSI

Claudia LEE

MAETANI Kai

TAKANO Ryudai

OKABE Momo

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Subversives Bodies is an exhibition that sets out to survey some of the contemporary art practices which question our understanding of the corporeal in relation to the factors of gender, identity, and sexuality. By “the corporeal”, we are referring to the multiple and ever-changing understandings of the body, how we define its frontiers, and also the politics that allow bodies to access varying levels of agency, autonomy, and mobility when situated from/in different contexts. The main emphasis of this exhibition is placed on the artistic uses of media, particularly analog and digital media such as graphic, photography, and video, as a means to expand the possibilities of the body by framing, reframing, and re-contextualizing its “presence” in new and exciting arenas of action or visibility.

Hoping to create a vitrine for art practitioners that are producing outside of mainstream metropolitan circles of the Global North―as well as responding to the plurality of cultures and interests that constitute our curatorial collective ― we have collaborated with artists from Chile, Ghana, and Japan developing this curatorial project, looking to foster connections amongst regions of the world that share more than expected in regards to the challenges but also the creative strategies surrounding the body and it’s representation. In this regard, the selected artist’s production can be read from varying perspectives including desire, emancipation, feminism, gender, identity, nudity, and sexuality, and yet are not limited to the confines of these same terms.

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Artists Profiles

Aukanaw

Aukanaw is a performance designer, scenic creator and researcher based in Chile. He is a graduate in the arts, theater direction at the University of Chile. He has been working at the artist residency in Concepción, Chile since August 2019 on his scenic event TRANSMUTACIONES LAFKENCHE. He was invited by the Goethe institut and Constanza Macras Dorky Park (Germany) to participate in the "100 Ways to Say We" program as a Latin American artist in the 17th Architecture Biennale 2021 in Venice.

Their work TRANSMUTACIONES LAFKENCHE intersects the artist's non-binary gender identiy with their indegenous heritage as a sea-barren Mapuche Lafkenche. The artist intervenes in the everyday landscape through performance and costume, creating a connection to an environment charged with collective memory. In this exhibition, the artist will present videos of past participatory performances.

Claudia DEL FIERRO

Claudia Del Fierro is a visual artist who works with various media such as video, performance and installation. She has developed her work in South America and Europe, has participated in Mercosul Biennial, Havana Biennial and a number of collective and individual exhibitions in Europe and Latin America. Del Fierro has received grants from the National Chilean Council for Arts and Culture and Konstnärsnämnden, Sweden, among others.

The exhibition presents a selection of the artist's archive of “Instantáneas de Turista” (1997-1999), a series of performance and photography work made in the late 1990s. The artist poses insistently in front of the camera, dressed and in another in public space. Military monuments, facades, fountains and public sculptures are the backdrop to a fictional tour through urban space, charged with symbols of colonial, patriarchal repression in a country on hold during the endless period of transition to democracy.

 

Va-Bene "crazinisT artisT" FIATSI

Va-Bene "crazinisT artisT" FIATSI works internationally and lives in Kumasi, Ghana. sHit is a multidisciplinary “artivist”, curator, mentor and the founder and artistic director of perfocraZe International Artists Residency (pIAR). As a performer and installation artist, crazinisT investigates gender stereotypes, prejudices, queerness, identity politics and conflicts, sexual stigma and their consequences for marginalized groups or individuals. 

As part of the SO IT IS, (The Nomadic Project), Va-Bene created a life size poster, Anyie Ne Nye responding to what bodies can be and can do, while confronting the anti LGBTQIA bill in Ghana. Va-Bene, put up the poster on the day of Love Fiesta 2022, (an annual dinner that brings together the arts, artists, locals and IGBTQ+ community.) Anyie Ne Nye which is translated as "clay you are'' from the Ewe language questions and explores the power of bodies, our cultural dynamics, mortality, vulnerability and the body as an organic resistance against oppression.

 

Claudia LEE

Claudia Lee is an artist based in Chile. Lee has worked as a visual arts teacher at several universities and for the Chilean Ministry of Arts and Culture in the area of ​​Safety and Improvement of Work Environments. As her father was exiled under the Pinochet regime, she was stateless from 1980 to 1981, and returned to her homeland Chile in 1988. Since her accident in 2017, she has suffered aphasia (speech impediment).

Lee is currently seeking new forms of expression based on the works she created before and after the accident. She continues to work on the theme of going back and forth between national culture, social change, political history, and personal memory. In her latest work, Lee explores decomposing organic matter as an extension or metaphor of the body by arranging it in space as if it were a sculpture.

 

 

MAETANI Kai

Maetani Kai creates works using photography as the method of transforming and confirming his own actions. While exploring his own position in relation to the city, nature, and other people, Maetani records his actions through photographs, videos, and his body. He attempts to share new experiences that are both personal and open. Major exhibitions include "Scape" (FINCH ARTS, Kyoto, 2022), "The Analogical Mirrors" (Yamanaka Suplex, Shiga, 2020), and "Roppongi Crossing 2019: Connecting" (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2019).

[Text on his works by the artist]

When I go to mountains or beaches at night to take photographs, I feel with my whole body that I am surrounded by things other than human beings. When I walk through the darkness, checking my footholds, I feel as if my body is melting into the darkness, and I begin to think about the possibility that the landscape I was supposed to be looking at is looking at me. I confirm this stratified overlapping of landscapes through the body, trying to capture the image of the untouchable landscape in a new way.

 

TAKANO Ryudai

Takano Ryudai was born in Fukui Prefecture and currently resides in Tokyo. Major awards include The 31th Kimura Ihei Commemorative Photography Award (2006), The 72nd Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (2022), and the 38th Higashikawa Awards’ Domestic Photographer Award (2022). He has produced the With Me series photographing himself and his friends, as well as photographs depicting urban landscapes. In Subversive Bodies, several works from the With Me series will be shown.

 

 

OKABE Momo

Okabe Momo’s work reflects on the possibilities of gender and identity, drawing on her own life as well as that of her friends and lovers, who she describes as ‘outsiders of Japanese society’. With its striking color palette and cinematic juxtaposition of private scenes and abstract landscapes, her she has positions her practise as seeking to capture lived experience and narrate emotion directly: ‘As my photography is based on shishōsetsu, the Japanese I-novel, it is always made up out of my own, actual experiences. I don’t decide in advance what I am going to photograph. And while I work from my private life, I hope that my work shares its power with many other people - and that it continues to positively resonate within them as part of their lives too.’ 

 

Title

Subversive Bodies: Art, Gender, and Media

Dates

6 August 2022 (Sat.)〜27 August 2022 (Sat.) 

Opening Hours

12:00-18:00

Closed on

Mondays

Venue

The 5th Floor: Hanazono Alley 5F 3-3-9 IkenohataTaito-ku Tokyo

Access

4 minutes walk from Exit 2 of Nezu Station (Chiyoda line) 

Admission

500yen   No reservation necessary, Free admission for Students 

Organization

Subversive Bodies Project Team

Co-Organization

The 5th Floor 

Patronage for The 5th Floor

D/C/F/A

Supported by

Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts / Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture

Special cooperation

OSAKA Koichiro[Director of Artspace ASAKUSA], WATANABE Iku

Curated by

Subversive Bodies Project Team

Artists

Aukanaw, Claudia DEL FIERRO, Va-Bene "crazinisT artisT" FIATSI, Claudia LEE, MAETANI Kai, TAKANO Ryudai, OKABE Momo

Contact

Public Relations manager |  Xiyue Yan :  serenaayxy@gmail.com

The 5th Floor:info@the5thfloor.org