Realizing Humanness


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As social beings, humans require the company of others and cannot survive as isolated individuals. For humans, forming connections with “others” is a basic motivating force in life and the source of all emotions. The artists involved in this exhibition contemplate the meaning of family, which is both the most basic unit for forming connections with “others” as well as an ultimate destination.

The three artists in this exhibition are all queer people born either in Japan or South Korea in the early 1990s. Although the environments that these artists grew up in are all different, they all share the experience of coming to understand themselves as queer in East Asia, where views of queer issues are generally conservative. Moreover, despite reaching the age where their peers around them are getting married and forming families, these three artists share the reality of being denied participation in the social institution of marriage.

Becoming a father; becoming a husband; opening one’s heart to another and forming a “family.” With a feeling of estrangement from such simple life goals, the artists in this exhibition attempt to transform this sense of unbelonging into physical form. These works can be described as a record of the moment where the artist—or rather simply, the human—must reconcile their past worries and concerns with new challenges that accompany a new stage in life.

This exhibition, which has been scheduled to coincide with Pride Week in Tokyo, features a variety of media forms, including sculpture, photography, and documentary video. Each artist uses the language of art to express their own interpretation of “family,” and each work seeks to explore the meaning and potential of queer identity amidst the pressures of the ideology of the “normal family” in contemporary society.

*The screening schedule of Minki Hong’s video work is as follows. (8times a day, screening time about 40 minutes)
12:00〜 / 13:00〜 / 14:00〜 / 15:00〜 / 16:00〜 / 17:00〜 / 18:00〜 / 19:00〜



from April 29, 2021 to May 10, 2021
Closed on May 6.



Venue Hours

From 12:00 To 20:00
Note:Until 17:00 on the last day.


Address: 102, 2-6-3 Shimoochiai, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 161-0033
Phone: 03-5996-8350

7 minute walk from exit 1 at Takadanobaba Station on the Tozai line, 7 minute walk from the Waseda exit of Takadanobaba Station on the JR Yamanote or Seibu Shinjuku line, 7 minute walk from the North exit of Shimo-ochiai Station on Seibu Shinjuku line.

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