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Exhibition Review

JAPAN

De-genderism:

Art on the edge of representation

Chie Kaihotsu


MINAKO NISIHYAMA, Untitled, 1997, installation view, Setagaya Art Museum.

If, as Hélène Cixous maintains, all forms of 'representation' are based on the male principle, then, in view of the irrevocable fact that language is a form of representation, all our thoughts, which are fundamentally conducted through language, are penetrated by the male principle. Naturally, the concept of 'gender' is also a kind of representation. Under these conditions, if thought is used to escape from the framework of 'gender', then…

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