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Four Okinawans included in Paris art exhibition

Date Posted: 2010-05-14

The Art Brut Japone Exhibition is in progress at Ar Sun Pier in Paris, and four Okinawans from Wakatake Social Welfare Work Center in Urasoe City’s Maeda area have art works on display.

The exhibition, which opened March 24th and runs through next January, is a collection of works by artists who have congenital disabilities or no formal art education. A total of 63 Japanese artists’ works are being exhibited. The Sun Pier exhibition is proving profitable for artists, as Parisians are buying the works, all with hefty price tags.

Seiya Kishaba, 31, has made Kanji-letters, putting 1,000 Kanji on a single page, and also collected small hollow clay pottery. The 29-year-old Akahiro Karimata has drawn local regular bus route pictures on paper, while 27-year-old Hiroya Uesato has produced a three-dimensional airplane using tissue paper boxes. Yuuichi Sakuda, 22, wrote the names of all places he’s visited using pictures posted on colorful paper. These four individuals’ work has been exhibited in Shiga Prefecture’s museum “Borderless Art Museum Exhibition by NOMA, attracting the attention of Sun Pier’s museum director who asked to have them exhibited in his museum. The four artisans are all autistic and reside at the Wakatake Social Welfare Work Center.

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