Hiroko Okada "Dusky Room"
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Okada's works, which are based on observations of actual life, have won high critical acclaim both in Japan and abroad. In recent years, she has participated in group exhibitions in American and France while also investigating means of connecting art with the local community by involving herself in art projects with students at Chiba University.
The new video installation being shown at this exhibition, "Dusky Room", features Okada herself playing an old woman who lives alone in a ruined house filled with garbage. The story touches on themes like one's duty to protect the weak, altruism and social responsibility. A stage will be installed in the gallery, serving as a recreation of the ruined house that appears in Okada's video, and visitors are free to get up onto this deserted stage. By actually getting up and stepping into the "house", viewers will be able to experience firsthand contemporary problems in our society that can no longer be dismissed as someone else's predicament.
Contemporary Japan, with its dwindling birth rate and aging population, the phenomenon of nuclear families and the weakening of neighborly relationships with one's immediate urban community, is currently seeing many of its social structures slowly erode. Okada's installation represents a hypothesis that resonates uncannily with our own reservations about our contemporary social condition.
From 2009-10-21 To 2009-11-21