Chim↑Pom’s 10th anniversary exhibition held at Garter Gallery. This exhibition reveals five cases of different compromises they made during their 10 years of practice, from censorship imposed by public institutions, exertion of control coming from exhibition sponsors or curators, to self-censorship, which were all intensified from around 2011. While quoting a passage from Emperor Showa’s regrettable announcement of the surrender of Imperial Japan in the Second World War, “Enduring the unendurable and suffering what is insufferable.” Chim↑Pom reflected upon their dark past with works of art that were forced to change due to restriction orders.
In greeting the 10th Anniversary, It was literally and seriously wonderful days for us to do art. However, it was also the worst and freaking 10 years as giving in to censorship by art museums and organs. Recent years, those kinds of issues are getting to circulate. However, they shift the problems to personal qualities of artists and curators, and art museums are simplied as power that is easily criticized like scandals in TV shows … etc. What we want to say is they are sticking to stupid discussions over the “freedom of expression” in the twentieth century without focusing on social issues which are rich in variety that are supposed to have referred to each controversial works. ose problems aren't new now, but actually it has been secretly repeated within the freaking outrageous convention of freaking censorship and negotiations, which have been passed below the surface in commonsense. ose responsibilities are not only within organizers who are in freaking situation that they have no choice but to tell the requests but also within all freaking artists who have accepted them. As a fact, those art curators and organizers are mostly nice, so it really bothers me to hold low-level negotiations with those people. I might as well have said “I’ m gonna think alternative idea” and escape into the fresh air outside rather than breathing in the serious annoying atmosphere of the long awkward meetings and shortening each other's lives. In greeting the 10th Anniversary, we look back over the dark history accumulated over the years and Chim↑Pom feels really sorry against art again. We would like to look back those freaking dark past in commemoration of the 10th anniversary, which we spent facing the atmosphere since we formed, furthermore the intervention for art of the present regime that is getting seriously harsh and very specic, and also enduring the unendurable and suering what is insuerable, the freaking 70 years going on behind since the end of World War II. By the way, 5 cases that are shown in this exhibition are the tip of the iceberg as even Chim↑Pom, and in terms of the whole art scene in Japan, an enormous retrospective exhibition of Japanese art will be awaiting ahead of the expansion of this exhibition. Dear the Japanese art scene which has supported us, thank you so much. And dear organizations that can’ t move on, I would say on this occasion, good bye.
7 August, 2015