Yuki IIYAMA Solo Exhibition
We walk and talk to search your true home / Moomin Family goes on a picnic to see Kannon

9/13 (Sat.) - 11/1 (Sat.), 2014 *Extended
Opening Reception: 9/13 (Sat.) 6-9pm

*Open on Friday through Sunday 1-7pm and Monday 5-11pm
*The exhibition will open at 1pm before the opening reception on Saturday, 9/13.
The artists will attend the reception at 6-9pm.

installation view (photo by Ujin Matsuo)

Tokyo, Japan - waitingroom is pleased to present a solo exhibition, “We walk and talk to search your true home / Moomin Family goes on a picnic to see Kannon,” by Yuki IIYAMA from 9/13 (Sat.) to 10/19 (Sun.), 2014. IIYAMA is a young and emerging artist who graduated from the painting course of Tokyo University of the Arts in 2013, and is exhibiting with us for the first time. At this exhibition, we will present several video works, including which she recreated the scenes and sounds of the hallucinations that a member of her family sees, and the other about the medical records of the mental hospital. Other works include drawings and documents in an installation format.

"We walk and talk to search your home / Moomin Family goes on a picnic to see Kannon", 2014, slides, text, sound

About the Artist
Yuki IIYAMA was born in Kanagawa in 1988. She graduated from the department of painting at Joshibi University of Arts and Design in 2011 and recently finished her MFA program at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2013. She creates videos, installations, and knit works based on her collection of scrapbooks that she purchases on the online auction site. The characteristic of her work is evident in the way she uses the story from her scrapbook to explore about the artist herself, the people in the past, evidence of events, and all the images and episodes she receives from them. Her recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition, “Steam, Smoke, Grace,” (JIKKA, 2013), a group exhibition, “28zaki Kaihin Exposition Festival,” (Kyu-tamanoi ryokan, Fukuoka, 2013), “identity X,” (nca l nichido contemporary art, Tokyo, 2014) and “First Attacks!” (Space Wunderkammer, Tokyo, 2014).

"hidden names", 2014, single channel video with sound

Exploring the stories of mentalism originating from a family member’s hallucinations
In the recent years, IIYAMA has worked with the historical theme of Hansen's diseaseleprosy and the Great East Japan Earthquake through the anonymous scrapbooks; however, this time she has focused on her sister’s hallucinations for her motif. Her personal experiences and historical and medical facts of this mental illness that she gained from research, merges and visualizes IIYAMA’s world. And from these works, the viewers may realize that there is no dramatic difference between the worlds of us “normals” and the world of people who suffer from problems like these. As the details of the exhibit, there will be a video work, “We walk and talk to search your home” and another one, “Moomin Family goes on a picnic to see Kannon,” which is an event that her younger sister hallucinates. In the latter work, six members of her family recreate the hallucination that her sister sees. There will be texts and dialogues that have a connection with this slide work also. Other pieces include a video work of the medical records the cases of patients at a mental hospital, a documentary of notes and letters that the artist put together centering around the four core pieces of work created from the multiple perceptions of a Japanese silent film made in 1926.

Left and Right) "Mooming Family goes on a picnic to see Kannon", 2014, from the set of 95 positive films

We all have things that we can do and can’t do. And we can also fill in on each others' needs.
“When one of our family members has hallucinations, the rest of us are irritated and confused, and wait for her to clam down. We wonder what had gone wrong, what part of the last conversation was so upsetting to her. But sometimes, there seems to have been nothing that triggered her hallucinations. We can never understand. She can’t draw out the things that she sees like that famous artist. There are terms like ‘Outsider Art’ special exhibitions are held for those works, but in reality, it may be that it is rarely possible for these people with mental illnesses — this is an expression I hate to use — to express the things that they see. Maybe it’s more common for the people to depend on medical drugs to live, not knowing how to show to express themselves. I think my senses are numbed because I went to an university where everyone around me were capable of creating some form of art. However, after living with my sister again after several years of separation, I realized that not everyone has that talent. And I also realized that we can all fill in for each others’ weaknesses.”
(From the text Yuki IIYAMA, “We walk and talk to search your home.”)

Please come and see the installation space created by the layers of perspectives of the artist herself on this particular theme through her photographs, video works, actual records, relating texts and objects.

"We walk and talk to search your home", 2013, single channel video with sound, 33min41sec


1988 Born in Kanagawa, Japan
2011 Graduated from Department of Painting, Joshibi University of Arts and Design, Japan
2013 Completed Master of Degree Course of painting, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan

Solo Exhibitions

We walk and talk to search your true home / Moomin Family goes on a picnic to see Kannon, waitingroom, Tokyo

Steam, Smoke, Grace, JIKKA, Tokyo

Installation Plan, ginza gallery jyoshibi, Tokyo

Group Exhibitions

identity X, nca l nichido contemporary art, Tokyo
First Attacks!, Space Wunderkammer, Tokyo

Tent Village, art & river bank, Tokyo
28zaki Kaihin Exposition Festival, Kyu-tamanoi ryokan, Fukuoka
Pre Show Toride 2013, Tokyo University of the Arts, Toride building, Ibaraki

Watarase Art Project 2012 PARADE, Nikko City Ashio Cho, Tochigi
RinnePlatz, Gallery Conceal, Tokyo
Imagining the inside of the Tank, Geisai, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo
Gunma Seinen Biennale 2012, The Museum of Modern Art Gunma, Gunma
Gelsemium Elegance, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo

GTS Sumida River Story of New Spots 2011, Sumida Park Riverside Gallery, Tokyo
Work was here. Contemporary Art Archaeology, ginza gallery jyoshibi, Tokyo
Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2011, Gyoko-dori Underground Gallery, Tokyo
Jyoshibi Style * Front Line 2011, BankArt Studio NYK, Kanagawa


voices textile, Le Tabou, Tokyo

Artist Website :

Solo Exhibition "Steam, Smoke, Grace," 2013, mixed media installation, installation view, JIKKA, Tokyo


<Exhibition Overview>
Artist : Yuki IIYAMA
Exhibition Title : We walk and talk to search your true home / Moomin Family goes on a picnic to see Kannon
Duration: 9/13 (Sat.) - 10/19 (Sun.) 2014
Opening Reception: 9/13 (Sat.) 6-9pm
Hours: Fri.-Sun. 1-7pm Mon. 5-11pm
Closed: Tue.-Thu.
Place: waitingroom
Address: Shibuya Hyacca Bldg. 3F 4B&4D, 2-8-11 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 150-0021
Tel/ Fax: +81-3-3476-1010

Inquiry: (Director: Tomoko Ashikawa)


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