An exhibition of the artistic group from Osaka and its surrounding offers an insight into the production of the art scene around the gallery Shimbun Onna. It will reveal the organisation and the surviving strategies of the artists who live “double“ lives. In the practical and technologically oriented society, there is not much public support for the Avantgarde's preformative art expression. Therefore, artists who seek to react to social changes live double lives. On the one hand they live their everyday lives as employed civilians in order to survive, and on the other hand, they live artistic lives in their so-called spare time.
The exhibition will show the works of the artist group around Shimbun Onna, internationally acclaimed artist and eponymous gallery-bar close to Namba, one of the centres in Osaka. The photography of the »social« photograph Toshi Nishida provides commentary to the reality of the artists in their struggle for their everyday bread. The exhibition will also show self-organised art unions of the generation of well-known artists such as Miyuki Nishizawa, who have set an example by supporting the art production of less acclaimed artists with their tutoring and their duty to the collective.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events performed by invited artists. On 8 September at 6 p.m., Miyuki Nishizawa will present her performance Better News in the Križanke Church, building on her previous performance Good News from the 2015 City of Women Festival. Wearing a huge newspaper garment as an iconographic parallel to the Virgin of Mercy, she will be sheltering her collective and the participating audience under her skirt. From 4 to 6 September, Yukei Takada will be making a newspaper dragon with the help of volunteers in the Match Gallery, and Aya Iida will run a dance workshop related to the topic “work or your art”.
Artists: Aya Iida, Kei Karitani, Poppy Nakadoi, Toshi Nishida, Miyuki Nishizawa, Naoki Sasayama, Yuhei Takada
Curator: Jani Pirnat
In cooperation with: JAPOM, a platform of Japanese and Slovenian friendship