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MARGINAL: Hear Our Voice

Sanae Takahata & Creative Kids Club Ningyocho

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Two projects deployed as actions for saving lives. The first is a space where visitors interact with artwork to gain insights to life and living. The 3 artistic elements are 1) Portrait paintings 2) Intimate and detailed interview records used by Sanae Takahata to help capture the essence of her models who range in age from to 5 to 95 and hail from different countries. 3) Answers to a “life related” questionnaire submitted by many people with diverse backgrounds and living situations from around the globe. Takahata states, “Being exposed to the portraits of people living under a variety of conditions and their words, I hope that the people who walk through this passage will be given inspiration for their future living. This passage will serve as a “philosopher’s path” and create a valuable moment for people to reflect on themselves and their lives.

The Ningyocho neighborhood is the 20 year base for the artist’s Creative Kids Club (a private art classroom). The second project entitled “Creative Kids Club Ningyocho Runaround Space 2020 MARGINALAND” will conduct “classes to connect our lives” such as art workshops, health & physical activities e.g. exercising/stretching, oriental medicine lectures, and other events. Event details will be continually posted on Sanae Takahata’s home page: www.sanaetakahata.jp

(As of March 2020)

1: 《MARGINAL: Hear Our Voice》 Project Image、2019、 Photo & Project Idea by: Sanae Takahata、Graphic Design by: Natsumi Hamada, Yuri Ohkuma
2: 《IntimateReflections 1991-1995: The Birth of a Self Portrait》1995、Sagacho Exhibit Space(Tokyo)、Photo by Masayuki Hayashi
3: 《Creation: My Birth》 1991-1993

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Sanae Takahata & Creative Kids Club Ningyocho

A group composed of former members (currently high school and university students) of Creative Kids Club, a workshop led by Sanae Takahata since 2001, as well as friends living in various locations who are of mixed age, occupation, gender, and nationality. The term “marginal” in the project title signifies “being on the edge” and represents the shared identity of respective members. The team name “Creative Kid” signifies a “creative child” but also conveys the meaning of a “creative kid” in each of us, said to appear when people are recovering from unbearable suffering and trauma.
Members: Yuri Iwabuchi, Kenneth T. Morinaka, Eri Takada, Natsumi Hamada, Reiko Naito, Yuki Kamino, Yuriko Ohkuma, Takako Matsumoto, Naoko Ito, Oh Hei, Miyako Inoue, Yoshino Okada, Touya Fujita, Mayu Okuda, Naoko Eguchi, Hanako Okuda, Kazuko Nikaido, Chiaki Hongo, Samues Leung, Lisa Anthony, Alicia Crow, Paik Nak-sun, Dobrawa Bies, Sirus Fischbacher

Sanae Takahata
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Born in Maebashi City. In 1977, Sanae Takahata moved to Paris using the savings made through part-time work after graduating from high school. She made her debut at a gallery in Paris at the age of 18. While based in the US in the 1980s, she made numerous portraits of women using friends and herself as models in various forms including oil paintings, fusamae (paintings on sliding doors), and terracotta, which were shown in exhibitions in Japan and internationally. Suffering from the symptoms of neurosis since her late twenties, for Takahata, painting is a life-affirming tool that serves as a place of self-exploration and self-help. After “Intimate Reflections” 1991-1995, an exhibition held at Sagacho Exhibit Space (1995) that featured a portrait series made while visiting and interviewing friends all over the world, she greatly extended the range of her activities and started to live. From 2001 she organized the Creative Kids Club, a place where children can express themselves freely. She still continues to make portraits. Past exhibitions include “WEAR MEーTenpenmujo” (Honenin Temple, 2006), Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology Krakow (2012), “Metamorphosis” (Mur Nomade, Hong Kong, 2014), “Medieval Delusion” (Sagacho Archives, 2015), and “Protect Life” (H.P France Window Gallery, Marunouchi 2016-2019). She is the co-author of “A na ta ta chi – jiga kara no iyashi (healing from the self)” (text by Chizuko Ueno, illustrations by Sanae Takahata, NHK Publisher. Inc., 1995).

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