I recently came across This Article about Megumi Igarashi, a Japanese artist who was arrested in 2014 for an art piece where she paddled a “two-meter long 3D printed kayak modeled after her own genitals.”
Igarashi is interviewed in the article, and has a lot of interesting things to say about her experience of being a woman in Japan. I really admire the way she contextualizes her work within Japanese culture, and how she combines political issues with technology to create a new context for which we can view or understand Japanese womanhood. This article just made me think about our class today re: our discussion about who ‘belongs’ or feels ‘safe’ in what spaces. Particularly, Igarashi’s description of how pornography is advertising freely in an objectifying manor in Japan really made me question whether or not this setting can truly be “public” space (or, transportation service).
Check it out if you have a minute, it would be really interesting to hear your thoughts.