Tami Fujie 1986 work






FUJIE was one of the invited artists of 86 Toyama no bijutsu, organized by The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama. Data related to FUJIE’s work were demolished forever as well, due to the undisclosure and incineration of the catalogue. The work in this exhibition features the image of FUJIE’s work shown on the relevant catalogue, and straightforwardly criticizes the fact that the catalogue became subject to biblioclasm. While FUJIE is renowned for abstraction in her works, this work unexpectedly carries a strong message. The work was exhibited in the exhibition ART EDGE ‘94 organized by the City of Toyama, despite the pressures from the organizer who attempted to reject the work.

FUJIE also organized the exhibition Hyougen no jiyuu wo kangaeru yuushi ten (coalition exhibition towards freedom of expression) in 1991, despite the opposing claims to cancel the show by the exhibition venue, Toyama Shimin Plaza. FUJIE, OURA and others also organized Toyama ken kindai bijutsukan mondai wo kangaeru simpojiumu (the symposium to reconsider the incident of The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama) in Toyama and Tokyo in 1993. In 1996, FUJIE donated her copy of the catalogue to the prefectural library, which the library rejected and did not receive. FUJIE’s activities do not only provoke awareness of freedom in expression, but also other essential matters in art including the importance of archives such as catalogues.

The activities by FUJIE and others came to fruition to launch Bijutsu to bijutsukan no aida wo kangaeru kai (the organization to consider the relationship between art and the museum) formed by artists and critics. The magazine Aida (in between) (editor in chief, FUKUZUMI Haruo) started as the official publication of the organization, and still continues to be published while the organization itself is no longer in function. FUJIE still continues pursuing her activities as an artist in Toyama today.

(OGURA Toshimaru)

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