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Solo Exhibition “Trying Not to Be Too Close -Have a meal with Father-“

Solo Exhibition by Mariko Tomomasa

“Trying Not to Be Too Close -Have a meal with Father-”

Sat. January 10 - Sun. February 8, 2015

Reception for the artist: 6 - 8 pm January 10, 2015



8 minutes walk from Mejiro station, JR line.

2 minutes walk from Zoshigaya station, Tokyo Metro line.




171-0031 B1F 2-2-1 Mejiro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo


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TALION GALLERY is delighted to announce the opening of a solo exhibition by Mariko Tomomasa. The exhibition is her second solo show at the gallery and presents her latest version of Have a meal with Father, which she has shot during her stay in Burkina Faso last summer.Tomomasa focuses on the process of communication between people and a form of behavior that everyone uses to ensure smooth communication such as shaking hands or bowing as a greeting. Her unique observing eyes capture everyday occurrence as a sort of form: it could be physical rehabilitation, muscle training, echoing and dancing in a circle. In her video works, those forms are re-apply to people and represent people’s effort and wish to be connected with others.Have a meal with Father is one of her largest series of video work that she has continuously produced since 2000. In the video, the artist have a meal with a randomly chosen man, promising that they try to become father and daughter while they are having a meal together. None of the male participants is a professional actor, and neither is she. They do not have a prepared script. The only thing that connects the two is a vague image of “father and daughter.” The videos have been shot in several locations including Tokyo, Kanazawa, Iwaki and Taipei.The latest version of this work, which will be presented at this exhibition, is created in Burkina Faso. Even though the artist and the participant were totally different in every aspect such as gender, nationality, ethnic group, and cultural and historical background, they still try hard to achieve one shared image of “father and daughter”.







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