ON THE ROAD at Canterbury Museum, New Zealand: Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World
May 20 - August 13, 2017
Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND
Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World is a groundbreaking photographic exhibition that explores the master craftsmanship of traditional Japanese tattoos and their enduring influence on modern tattoo practices.
Even as Japanese-style tattooing has moved into the mainstream, it remains an enigmatic and misunderstood art form. Mainstream Japanese society denounces it as a criminal practice, associating it more with some of its yakuza clientele than with its respected artists. Western practitioners and aficionados, on the other hand, often lack knowledge of the practice’s long history, reducing it to an exotic form of decoration.
Perseverance aims to shift the conversation around Japanese tattoo practice by examining it as a serious art form, placing it in a rich artistic lineage that includes ukiyo-e and other traditional Japanese printing techniques. The exhibition also looks at the vibrancy of current Japanese-style tattoo practices, which include hybrid styles developed by practitioners in Japan, Europe, and the United States.
Designed by artist Kip Fulbeck and curated by master tattoo artist and author Takahiro Kitamura, Perseverance features stunning color photographs by Fulbeck of the work of seven internationally acclaimed tattoo artists: Horishiki (Chris Brand), Ryudaibori (formerly Horitaka), Horitomo, Junii, Miyazo, Shige, and Yokohama Horiken, along with additional images of works by other artists. The accompanying catalogue includes full-color reproductions along with informative essays by the curators and several contributing artists.
For more information about this presentation, contact +64 3 366 5000 or visit their website at canterburymuseum.com.
Perseverance was on display at the Japanese American National Museum from March 8 through September 14, 2014.