talion gallery

Mariko Tomomasa, Keisuke Koizumi
"National Holidays"

2012.1.14 – 2012.2.11
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Exhibition Statement
As one of the ramifications of globalization, the narrative of a nationa's father has ended. The people obtained their freedom from tyranny and the nationalism has been replaced by the radicalism or tribalism. The national media that once hypothetically created a national community has declined and been taken over by the Internet media, which created a new ubiquitous community. Internet, which has facilitated rebellions and protest demonstrations, has not simply functioned as a communication tool or an information network, but gave children a new space-time which is different from the one created by mass media under government control. These insurrections were nothing but mere carnivals for the children.
Among the fathers of the nations, one escaped to another country, another got killed mercilessly and another was buried with children’s irrational mourning. However, when and how a child can deny the fact that a man is his/her father? This question applies not only to the relationship between father and child but also to that between a nation and a sovereign. Under what condition can you deny/admit a man who is supposed to be your father is your real father? Needless to say, this is not a matter of blood relationship. In fact, there are many cases where a child states positively a man is his/her father based on a certain fact even if the child knows that he/she is not related to the man by birth. Because of the development of reproductive technique, the remarkable increase in the number of same-sex marriage, common-law marriage and children born out of wedlock, the significance of the blood relationship has been changed. Nation and family: although it is inadequate to question the disintegration and reintegration of those two different communities at the same time, this question is explored by this exhibition.


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