Image: © Tatsumi Orimoto
ART X LIFE
Kawasaki City Museum
ART X LIFE was Kawasaki City Museum's in Japan retrospective of Tatsumi Orimoto's artworks curated by Masafumi Fugikawa.
An early pioneer of what was to become known as relational aesthetics, Tatsumi Orimoto used the camera as a way of taking art into the public realm and invite the public to become essential actors in new artworks.
In the era of instant imaging his strategy of taking art to the people seems like a prophetic paradigm. Also significant is that they show the importance of images in the construction of the memory of events. In order to hold onto our experiences we have to become producers of our own mythology. Through his legendary Breadman persona Orimoto has traveled the world and featured in numerous biennials from Sydney to Venice.
However this relationship between performance, memory and image is most moving in his later series of works that feature his mother. The Art Mama series has captured the imagination as it provides an insight into ways in which the artist has taken a universal issue that affects society and turned it into inspiration for an ongoing portrait of our relationship to self-image and aging. With works such as, Mama in the Box and Art Mama: Big Shoes by Art Mama, Orimoto has ensured art is not allowed to drift far from the lived reality of most people.
“Is what you see what I see?”
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