University of Sunderland x BankART 1929 Artist Residence Exchange Program: Miho Shirai Exhibition

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Miho Shirai's short films are imbued with an enigmatic and absurd sensibility and suspense. They retell traditional stories and myths for a mature audience. To borrow the artist's own words, her work seems to "wander from the right path".

Last year marked the 150th anniversary of the Japan-UK Trade Treaty. Up until 1858, Japan was sealed off to the Western world. That year, a group of Japanese delegates were sent to England for the purpose of acquiring knowledge of British civilization and its industrial economy. Shirai's work "Forever Afternoon" is based on this event and the imaginary story "Alice in Wonderland". Alice, played by Shirai herself, symbolizes the delegates who traveled through the northeast part of England 150 years ago and brought back different modes of thinking to Japan. The scene where Alice says to March Hare "that's not very 'civil' of you" echoes the purpose of the delegates' visit to England, which was to learn from European civilization. Shirai's photography work visualizes the links established by these comparisons between Lewis Carroll's theory and linguistic game, while her drawings reveal the virtuosity of her imaginative processes.

- Abstract from the text by Alistair Robinson (Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art)

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From 2009-06-26 To 2009-08-02
Exhibition Hours 11:30-19:00

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Miho Shirai

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