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feminist artist yoko ono & feminism in japan


Yoko Ono is one of the most famous Japanese all over the world. What is she famous for? Yes, as a John Lennon's wife. But aside from it, she is a great feminist artist who has been working on it since 1970s and still in presence. I feel that Yoko's work is not valued as much as she deserves, especially in Japan. Unfortunately, performance art and fine art is not so popular category of arts in modern Japanese society and people tend to prefer visual images. I honestly was not so interested in Yoko when I was in Japan and started discovering her works in my fine art studies in the UK.


今日はフェミニストアーティストの紹介。

オノ・ヨーコは世界的に有名な日本人の1人ですが多くの人は彼女のことをアーティストというより

ジョン・レノンの奥さんとして知っているのではないでしょうか?特に日本ではあまりファインアートやパフォーマンスアートは浸透してなので、彼女のアートはよく分からないって人も多いイメージです。しかし、彼女はアートの世界では本当にすごい人で特にフェミニズムアートではとても重要なアーティストの1人。正直私もイギリスに来るまではファインアートに馴染みがなかったのでオノヨーコの作品にも興味はなかったのですが大学で勉強するうちに彼女の作品について知るようになりました。

今回はその中から一つの作品を紹介したいと思います。



(livejournal.com)



There are some feminism works by her but I will be showing one of her master piece works, 'Cut Piece'. 'Cut Piece' is a performance art that she has been working on from 1970s. Yoko had the performance a few times all over the world such as New York and Tokyo. Here is the performance in 1965 in New York.


'Cut Piece'(カットピース)は彼女が1970年代に初めて発表したパーフォマンス作品でその後も世界のいろいろな場所で何回か公演されています。下の動画が1965年に行われた実際のパフォーマンス動画。



(Yoko Ono - Cut Piece)

So... What do you think? This is a video that Yoko sat down on the stage and audience, who had no idea about concept, were told to cut her clothes whatever they want. Audiences didn't know what's about and Yoko didn't say anything.

How did you feel to watch it? Could you guess the concept?


パーフォマンスを見てどう感じたでしょうか? ヨーコはステージに座りコンセプトについて何も知らないオーディエンスは彼女の服を好きなだけ好きなように切っていいと言われます。その間ヨーコは何も言いません。

これを見てみなさんは何かかんじたでしょうか?コンセプトは何かわかりましたか?




I didn't know the concept but I personally thought the concept is very obvious when I watched it for the first time. I also asked to some of my friends in my University, what they think about it and they all thought the same thing as me, but one of them says that maybe it's hard to understand to people who is not familiar to art. So, I asked some of my friends who are from not art universities.


私は初めてみる前はコンセプトが何かを知りませんでしたが、見てすぐにヨーコが伝えたいことは明確だと思いました。その後同じ大学の友達にも見てもらい、どう思うか聞いたところフェミニズムに興味がない人も含めて全員が私と同じ意見でした。しかしそのうちの1人の友人にアートにあまり興味がない人、詳しくない人には難しいかもね。と言われたので今度はアート学生ではない人たちに聞いてみることにしました。





(imaginepeace.com)


Interesting thing happened. I asked 5 Europeans and 3 Japanese and all Europeans not completely but they felt something and got the meaning of the works and none of Japanese girls didn't get anything. I know that I only asked 8 people in total but I was so shocked that my Japanese friends didn't feel anything from it.


They said "I don't know, I didn't feel anything. What's this?"

A Japanese friend who raised in Europe and I