This exhibition focuses on the universal misery of illness and the process of overcoming it. Nowadays in particular, when more and more people carry on working while they are ill, a return to normal life is seen as being achieved through a balance of medication for physical illness with rehabilitation and social support. Previously, the sick were supported by their families and medical institutions, but these days illness tends to be tackled by society as a whole. In this exhibition, Iijima examines the societal position of illness from the perspective of art. Works comprise a sound installation in which music by musician Midori Kubota based on the abnormal brain activity of a patient with epilepsy is relayed through speakers, sculptural representations of the body’s circulatory system, and drawings with the motif of healing and recovery.
Received a PhD specializing in sculpture from Joshibi University of Art and Design. As well as sculptures and installations dealing with the themes of family, collective folk tales, illness and recovery, in recent years she has also turned her hand to video works. Major exhibitions include “Palimpsest Overwritten Memories” curated by Noriaki Kitazawa, (gallery αM、2014), “Home Bittersweet Home—Fragment of the house” (Shiseido Gallery, 2015) and Image Forum Festival 2020.
Galerie Tokyo Humanité, Chuo City, Tokyo