Ryoko Takahashi “In the Light and the Water”

Gallery MoMo Projects

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Ryoko Takahashi’s favored material is women’s hair, which she has utilized throughout her work and expressed as embroidery, dresses, objects, drawings, and installations. She uses not only her own hair but also that of non-Japanese women, including blond hair and other shades in her works. Rather than seeing it as a symbol of feminine beauty, Takahashi uses hair to connote death, this symbolic value being acquired as soon as it is cut away from the head, or at the moment it is assigned a new role, such as that of stuffing or embroidery thread. Depending on how the viewer sees it, however, the hair may also raise awareness of the living, this resulting in viewers experiencing a range of emotions. In any event, by presenting hair as a material in her art, Takahashi allows contradicting elements such as life and death, or beauty and ugliness, to factor into the process, while simultaneously allowing her simple yet strong theoretical framework and delicate aesthetic sense to also be felt. Roughly 11 new works will be presented here.

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from October 07, 2017 to November 04, 2017
Closed on Sundays, Mondays, and Public Holidays.

Opening Reception on 2017-10-07 from 18:00 to 20:00

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Ryoko Takahashi

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