2015.3.22~3.31 12:00~20:00

コーディネート:河口遥 新藤君平
翻     訳:川久保ジョイ  
撮     影:池上弾 望月俊孝 松尾宇人


”I am a Feminist!"

2015.3.22~3.31 12:00~20:00
Solo Show

coordinate: Kawaguchi Haruka, Shindo Kunpei
translation: Kawakubo Yoi
camera operator: Ikegami Dan, Mochizuki Toshitaka, Matsuo Ujin

This was my first solo exhibition in 2015. In this solo exhibition, I created my work as a feminist by declaring "I am a feminist!".

The main work is video. In this video I pretend to be Picasso's weeping woman, and I insisted on my opinion in order to regain women' s tears  while crying.

Beside that,  every 30 minutes, I did performance explaining the work in order to accuse Picasso, and appeal to a woman's liberation.


I created this feminist characters from images hit by my research in the internet for example some images which represent “feminist” in Japanese or twitter account which are self-proclaimed as feminists. Moreover, I use my impression of the feminist I saw in the past on TV.

In this way, I expressed being a feminist by using two media, video and performance. In this video, the weeping woman is accusing objectification of herself, as feminist generally tries to regain their subjectivity back in their hand.  However, this woman fails to do so, and even she cannot escape from being involved in the process of the objectification again, because she is always seen as the object inside the frame of video.
On the other hand, beside this video, I performed another "feminist" who wishes for liberation and peace for women. However, embodying the image of these feminist prevented them from being real feminist as we think. The more the feminist tried to release woman from the objectified "image", the feminist expressed herself as a single ideology like "a woman escaping from a single ideology".

Then, how it is possible to be a feminist?

Actually, this exhibition had two parts. After watching this video and performance, the audience could enter another room. This room is an office space where the organizer Haruka Kawaguchi and I took a break waiting for the audience to come in. The audience could talk with us casually. In addition, another video work is shown in the same room. This video titled "Self documentary" showed the scene that Haruka and I had a dinner as if ordinary two women are talking about their cheep romance.
This scene is contradictory to the image of feminist shown in the another room. Then, the audience knows that the characters of feminist in the another room are just performed on purpose. As a result, this structure of the exhibition causes an ironical inversion which the audience realize not image of the woman but the audience themselves have the preconception that  "women have been already represented and are being exposed to society's gaze".

このドキュメンタリーは、当時流行していたテレビのリアリティバラエティ番組のイメージを参考にしています。これは、「テラスハウス」というタイトルで、”台本のないドラマ”をキャッチコピーに、一般人がシェアハウスで生活する日常を記録したものです。ちなみに、テーマソングはTaylor Swift - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Togetherです。
The visualization of this documentary is based on the reality TV show that was popular in Japan at the time. This TV show titled "Terrace House" has a catch phrase "no script drama" and documents the daily life of ordinary people, girls and boys, who are living in a shared house. They were stranger for each other before coming to this shared house. By the way, the theme song is Taylor Swift - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.

In general, a documentary is a collection of factual information, and it is considered that it depicts the real “I” revealing its private. Although documentary shows the index of facts, it turned to be images of unique form as “self-documentary” in the process of being recorded and edited.

In this way, I disguised as the feminist in a non private place such as gallery and constructed my private life as a self-documentary. After seeing performance and video, the audience can get a text explaining the exhibition.  The text was written by me behaving like an outsider of these situations of the exhibition. I thought that being a feminist as actor is possible by dealing with acting in multiple ways. And I tried to turn down objectification by playing different subjectivities in pluralistic realities.