First showing of Japanese artist Erika Kobayashi in the UK
Erika Kobayashi: His Last Bow explores Kobayashi’s family history strangely intertwined with the discovery of uranium and radioactivity, the invention of the atomic bomb, and Sherlock Holmes.
Erika Kobayashi is a singular artist. She moves seamlessly to and from the media for her creation, manga, novels and visual art, always with strong messages to convey. The themes she explores include invisibility, time, history, family, memory, and traces of places.
Curated by Hikotaro Kanehira, this exhibition includes photography, video, drawing and more. The eclectic mix of media and unusual combination of photographic and video images, figurative drawings, and verses, create Kobayashi’s peculiar universe.
About the artist
Erika Kobayashi (b. 1978, Tokyo), lives and works in Tokyo.
Recent solo exhibitions: “1F in the Forest of Wild Birds”, Yutaka Kikutake Gallery, Tokyo (2019); “Trinity”, Karuizawa New Art Museum, Nagano (2017).
Group exhibitions include: “Women Imagining Rooms: About the Diary of Lady Sarashina”, Ichihara Lakeside Museum, Chiba (2019); “Roppongi Crossing 2016: My Body, Your Voice,” Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2016); “Living Locally – Reconsidering Critical Regionalism”, ARTS MAEBASHI (2015); “Your Dear Kitty, the book of Memories”, collaboration with The Future, Lloyd Hotel and JCC, Amsterdam (2015), and “The Radiants”, Bortolami Gallery, New York (2015).
Erika Kobayashi: His Last Bow
5 September – 21 November 2019
Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix
19 Goulston St
London E1 7TP
Featured image: Erika Kobayashi, In My Hand – The Fire of Prometheus. C-type print. Courtesy Yatuka Kikutake Gallery. Photo: Kasane Nogawa.