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Artist Talk: Mari Katayama   org

In the photographic self-portraits of Mari Katayama, the artist’s body features prominently, surrounded by painstakingly arranged objects, both in intimate settings or set against vast landscapes. The recipient of the Grand Prize at Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2012, Katayama was born with various developmental challenges, and had both legs amputated at age nine and has since lived with prosthetics. Using her body as a living sculpture, Katayama photographs herself among intricately embroidered objects, hand-sewn mannequins and her prosthetic legs. Katayama’s photography has been exhibited at museums such as the Gallery J, Arts Maebashi and the Museum of Modern Art in Gunma, Traumaris Gallery in Tokyo and Kitchen Gallery in Paris, and has also featured in group exhibitions at the Metropolitan Art Museum and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo and La Criée in Marseille, amongst others.

In conjunction with her solo exhibition at the White Rainbow Gallery, Katayama will be delivering a talk on her artistic process, touching on how her physical difficulty has informed her work and influenced her body images, along with having a conversation with Simon Baker, director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.


Date: 24 January 2019 from 6.45pm
Venue:

Royal Society of Arts


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This event has been organised in collaboration with White Rainbow Gallery, where Mari Katayama's solo exhibition will run from 24 January 2019 to 2 March 2019, and it is celebrating the Embassy of Japan's Season of Culture. 

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Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019   org

 

Love, in all its semblances and dimensions, is a state so universally experienced by humankind that it has provided a perpetual source of inspiration in the long history of global cinema. Japanese cinema is no different. Love and the associated feelings of passion, affection, and destruction, in equal measure have all been channelled into a pivotal driving force behind the rise of many Japanese filmmakers, crystallising in timeless works which form part of the nation’s artistic repertoire.

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019 features thoughtfully selected works, all focusing on this theme in one way or another. As the conventional binaries defining what it means to love continually give way to new understandings of this sweeping emotion, so too does this year’s curation aim to provide insights into a wider context of love in Japanese society.

Embracing other complicated emotions that go hand in hand with love, the programme aims to provide a more comprehensive picture of Japanese relationships, ranging from conventional love stories, LGBT issues, familial devotion, compassion for the fellow man, transgressive attractions, to profound renderings of the devastation felt with the loss of love


Date: 2 February 2019 - 28 March 2019
Venue:

Cinemas across the UK. 


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For all information on the selected films and participating venues, please visit our dedicated website by following the link above.

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