When I saw that there was a new exhibit highlighting women artists opening up in Tokyo, I was so excited and determined to check it out. I learned about the Blossom Blast exhibit through Gaijinpot and really loved the mission and story behind it. Curator, Miki Saito curated the Blossom Blast exhibit, which celebrates artists who are women as a celebration for International Womens Month. The exhibit opened at the UltraSuperNew Gallery on March 1st. I love the celebration of women and found the topic and content of each art piece to be incredibly relatable, insightful and informative.
One of my favorite pieces was by Artist Miki Saito, which focused on the 6 Red Flags For A Women Artist to recognize. What I loved about this piece is how it reminded me that women in many different work environments are constantly having to question the intention of their male counterparts. I hate that and the anxiety and paranoia it produces and I’m sure these feelings are experienced more often with woman than with men.
Another favorite piece of mine, focused on the woman’s body and how society has been brainwashed to overly scrutinized the woman’s physique and hold it to ridiculous standards. In the above photo, the artists, presents a photograph in which the model visibly shows her stretch marks and evidence of child birth. This photograph is a bit more rough and aggressive compared to the lower photograph of the same model. In this photo, the woman’s appearance is much smoother and sensual. In the question on the tag, the curator asks the viewer, “which body do you think is beautiful?”.
I can see a lot of people saying the lower picture, and maybe to some extent, I agree. However, does the above photo which accurately documents the miracle that is pregnancy and childbirth, make it not beautiful? I think they’re both beautiful because it just shows how women can be both the creators of life and still be sensual and sexual beings. There are no rigid lines.
One thing that I really enjoyed about the Blossom Blast exhibit were the Curator’s Notes. Below the description of the piece and the artists name, there may have been one or two curators notes that contained questions.These questions were simple, but insightful and really made you think. My favorite notes were:
- How do we start a dialogue in society to raise awareness of the hardships of child-rearing, something that is so pivotal to the future of our society yet is rarely discussed?
- If we lived in a world without the concept of male/female or transgender, but instead one where a wide diversity of gender identities are the norm, how would we interact with each other?
- What is your vision of paradise?
I think we as a society need these questions and need to be more considerate and compassionate about the experience of others especially in these times. Banding together and actually listening is incredibly important now more than ever.
DATES – March 1st – March 18th
Location : ULTRASUPERNEW GALLERY (1-1-3, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001)
Open/Close Times: 10am – 7pm