Postcard as a visually consumption format for long hair from Black Gold -The Longhair Project- [2019]

collage, lenticular print, limited edition 50

Description
◾︎Black Gold -The Longhair Project-

The main theme is woman’s hair. I focus on that meaning for herself and others.
The process of this work is the woman shaves her long hair at Tirumala in India and then move to London and get human hair extension on her head. The woman is myself. I did this project as a performance and a new rite of passage for Japanese. India is makes up an important share of human hair business. And it is comes from temples. People shave their hair as the offering to a god. And then shaved hair is sold at a hight price in Europe. It is the ring of the beauty of a female running by male. I will be a part of this ring using my body. Even if each country is leaning toward right-wing populism due to the reaction of globalization, we believe that problems caused by gender can be shared across walls. On account of religious reasons, social status, and to become slaves for economic consumption, there are women all over the world who do not have the right to make decisions on their bodies. This work is one of the attempts to return the body to herself.
 
 
◾︎Postcard

The postcard was made based on an art project called Black Gold that I have done in India. I made two different images and you can see both on one side by lenticular print. The concept came from Kitsch or CAMP by Susan Sontag, it was designed for the primary purpose of focused on Excessive decoration. It expresses the concept “objectified woman” which is the opposite of the video installation produced from same art project.
 
 
◾︎プロジェクト

南インドにある聖地ティルマラ寺院で剃髪*し、自身の髪を供える。
その後イギリスへ渡りインド産の100%人毛ウィッグを購入、装着する。この一連の行為を自身の人生儀礼とし行いつつ女性美を核とした宗教と経済の環(*寺院は人毛売買で毎年億単位の利益を得ている)に身体を伴って加わる。グローバル化の反動で各国が右派ポピュリズムに傾倒してもなお、性に起因する諸問題は壁を超え共有可能と考えている。インドの自由に髪を切れない女性(主人の許可が必要)、欧米のストレートヘアを求める黒人女性、日本での身体を持たない女性(アイドル=偶像、VTuberなど)を求める傾向は女性として生きる私には全て他人事のようで私事と成り得る。私を含め自分自身の身体の決定権を持たない女性が世界中にいる。
本作は自らに(彼女らに)身体を返すための試みの一つである。
 
 
◾︎ポストカード
先述したヘアプロジェクトを元に制作したポストカード。レンチキュラー印刷を利用し一つの面に二つの異なるイメージが角度を変えると浮かび上がる。キッチュもしくはスーザン・ソンタグのキャンプの概念を念頭に視覚消費を第一目的にデザイン、コラージュされている。