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October 3 – November 30, 2019
MYSTERIOUS FORM IN AFRICA
BEAUTY AND BEAST IN AFRICA
BEAUTY AND BEAST IN AFRICA
Each ethnic group of people has created characteristic forms and ways of expressions which have been selected and derived by them from their roots for over 6,000yrs. These have meanings of their hopes of surviving, existing and living that are the origins of their spiritual creation. Common characteristic forms in Africa are 180 degree different from flat surfaces, straight lines, cubes, circles, horizontals, symmetries, repetitive of the same patterns or realism like a photography that were pursued in Europe, China, and etc. until 19th century. We as the Japanese have a sense to feel European styles of well-arranged photorealistic and precise things are beautiful. At the same time, we also have had the sense to feel deformed shapes, decayed, and rusted things are equally beautiful since Wabi-cha appeared. When the sense of Wabi-cha touches apparently mysterious African forms, it can accept it like naturally take air into the body and even may feel nostalgic.
Nominal support: Embassy of the Republic of Mali, Embassy of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, Embassy of Burkina Faso, Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Embassy of the Republic of Cameroon, Hokuto City, Hokuto City Board of Education, YBS Yamanashi Broadcast, Yamanashi Nichinichi Shinbun, The Asahi Shinbun Kofu General Branch, The Mainichi Daily News Kofu Branch, The daily Yomiuri Kofu Branch, Yatsugatake Journal, and FM Yatsugatake.

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