MAM Research 006: Chronicle Kyoto 1990s—Diamonds Are Forever, Art-Scape, And I Dance with Somebody

Mori Art Museum

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In 1990s Kyoto – particularly in the Sakyo-ku area – art, activism and club culture coexisted in an uninhibited outpouring of creative activity courtesy of a large number of diverse communities that formed loosely around Dumb Type and other Kyoto City University of Arts alumni. From contemporary art to “Diamonds Are Forever” drag parties and the APP (AIDS Poster Project) that carried out HIV/AIDS education, these activities questioned conventional notions of sexuality. Art-Scape served as a base for a variety of these activities. The catchphrase “And I Dance with Somebody” from the acronym AIDS was conceived by APP for the “X International AIDS Conference, 1994.” Today, as discussions of culture, religion, language, gender diversity, and human rights gather momentum, this exhibition revisiting the Kyoto of a quarter-century ago as an intensely magnetic place to so many may offer ideas or tips to break through the sense of stagnation in today’s society.

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from October 06, 2018 to January 20, 2019

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