– shinshin to, tantan to –
OH Haji ×Aomori City Archives “Gestures in Clothing”
Installation at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (Aomori, Japan)
KOGIN, SASHIKO garments of Aomori City Archives, Photo: Tadasu YAMAMOTO
KOGIN garments/ under wear of Aomori City Archives, Photo: Haji OH
Having learned the art of dyeing and utilizing techniques such as weaving, dyeing, tying, and stitching in her pieces, artist OH Haji sheds light on the untold history and stories of women and unnamed individuals through her art. Though artist such as OH, this exhibition aims to present the works of former Keikokan Museum, now part of the folk materials and collections archived by the Aomori City Board of Education, from another perspective.
The Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC) exhibited traditional Kogin-zashi and Hishi-zashi works made primarily of hemp fabric, which give us a glimpse into the histories of the individuals who owned them: work clothing, undergarments, and mosquito nets among other common place object. OH Haji’s past works and newest photography was also display.
It is said that clothing is one’s second skin. In this exhibition, the ACAC attempts to depict the rich lives of unnamed people hidden in the threads of these clothes and fabrics by displaying items in a way which allows the viewer to feel the body warmth and memories stitched within them.
Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Aomori public University
texts: reference from catalog of OH Haji×Aomori City Archives Exhibition”Gestures in Clothing”