K.T.'s Living Room in Tokyo; Premonition
of an Earthquake, 2005 (Italian synthetic cloth, Japanese silk
thread, transparency, permanent pen)
In the giant wall piece by Kei
Tekamura, thread pays homage to her native culture and tradition.
The artist has used Japanese silk thread in combination with
Italian synthetic cloth and German wax and felt pencils, as
she humorously stated when describing the work, and these materials
prove that the work also pays homage to the entire world. The
substance of the work, which can be conjectured from the depiction
of her room from the time when she was a child in Tokyo, is
still another homage, namely to her childhood and her memories.
And if ever, it is precisely in this era of digital opportunities
that we do not want our memories to vanish. Tekamura does not
record them with a photographic camera but, rather, materialises
them in huge images, with transparent, soft materials that accentuate
fragility and other gentle feelings associated with childhood.
Furthermore, the work intensely radiates a whole spectrum of
sensations, including the feeling of uncertainty, which the
artist experienced recently when visiting her homeland after
long years of living in Berlin. While in Japan, she survived
an earthquake of the third degree (according to the Japanese
scale), and she was shocked to see how atrophied her feelings
of negligence and courage had become after a long time of living
abroad. The fear that she experienced – in contrast with other
people surrounding her in that moment – incited a visual meditation
entitled K.T.'s Living Room in
Tokyo; Premonition of an Earthquake.
Born in 1975 in Tokyo (Japan).
Between 1994 and 1998 she studied painting at the Tokyo National
University for Art and Music, where she also completed her postgraduate
studies in 2002. Between 2000 and 2004 she studied at the Berlin
University of the Arts holding a DAAD scholarship. She lives
and works in Berlin and Tokyo.
Solo exhibitions (selection):
May I Enter?, Galerie Alexandra
45, Schwäbisch Hall
2004 Galerie Alexandra Saheb, Berlin
Invisible Birds, Taka Ishii
Remember the Past Days More Exactly, Closetgallery, Halifax
Normal/Normal?, Dirt Gallery,
Group exhibitions (selection):
Sydney Biennale, Sydney
Rooming-In (skupaj s Petrom Möllerjem), artMbassy, Berlin
To remember the past days
more exactly, B.15 B, Berlin
Normal-life Osaka, StudioJ, Osaka
Gasag-Kunstpreis-Ausstellung 2ykgalerie, Berlin