Exhibitions - Pump House Gallery

Art, Performance & Activism in Contemporary Japan
Teiji Furuhashi, DumbType, Bubu de la Madeleine, Cho Yukio/Akira the Hustler , Yoshiko Shimada, Soni Kum, 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, Cho Yukio’s thought-provoking Pandemic, 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,

This project is supported by POLA Foundation, Japan Foundation, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Saison Foundation, and Kingston University.

DumbType work is presented with cooperation from Shiro and Yoko Takatani, DumbType, Kyoto.

Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ
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