Yoshiko Shimada at John Batten Gallery
Initiator/Curator: R. J. Preece
The time: two months after the British handover to
China, during the oppressive, sweaty summer heat.
The context: Growing self-censorship in the former
British colony, the Asian media capital.
The intervention: Activist art from Japan, with that
cultural distance, with reference to historical events—
to raise questions and offer inspiration.
The result: Artwork spills out of the gallery and splashes
across the territory’s newspapers, Asian regional magazines,
daily radio shows, and onto CNN (Asia edition).
Plus the show that expected to generate absolutely no sales,
almost sold out...