RUMIKO HAGIWARA , a former FA master student of our program is having a solo show at Jeanine Hofland Gallery in Amsterdam.
RUMIKO HAGIWARA (1979, JP)
IF YOU MAKE THAT KIND OF JOKE, THEN WE CALL IT A LIE
OPENING 22 FEBRUARY, 17.00H-19.00H
UNTIL 12 APRIL 2014
Jeanine Hofland proudly presents the second solo exhibition in the gallery by Japanese artist Rumiko Hagiwara (1979, JP) entitled If you make that kind of joke, then we call it a lie. Rumiko Hagiwara borrowed the title of the exhibition from a painting by Benny Van den Meulengracht-Vrancx. A Belgium artist who Rumiko Hagiwara met in Antwerp during her residency at AIR Antwerpen. The phrase emphasizes an answer of a Japanese woman when Meulengracht-Vrancx confronted her with the western notion of a sarcastic dialogue on a rather boring concert; ‘Did you have fun last night?’, ‘Yes it was really, really good!’
The Japanese woman intended to say that if someone within a Japanese context would answer in a positive manner to address a boring concert it is not considered as a joke, but as a lie.