Aoi Michimata SPRING

aaploit is pleased to present “SPRING,” a solo exhibition by Aoi Michimata from April 5 (Fri.) to April 21 (Sun.), 2024. This will be her second solo exhibition, following “own pace” held in September 2023.
Aoi Michimata is interested in media and satire, and works with woodblock prints.

installation view, anonymous collection, 2023, Courtesy of the Artist

In addition, Mr. Takeshi Ikuta, who advocated “Kafka’s staircase”, and “Gendai Shiso, January 2024 Extra Special Issue: Kafka” featured Michimata’s work in his essay. Based on the dialogue with Mr. Ikuta, we also featured Michimata’s works in “Fukushi no Hiroba”.
Upon graduating from the university, Michimata saw her classmates looking for jobs, and he was torn between finding a job and working as an artist. It was during this time that she encountered the concept of “Kafka’s staircase,” which expressed the bitterness of climbing up a staircase in a uniform manner, or the concern about climbing up a staircase indifferently. Her works, which raise questions about a society that has nowhere to go psychologically or physically, seem to indicate the current position of not only her generation, but also various generations and people of all walks of life. We are sure to receive various messages from the series of works on the theme of Kafka’s staircase.

“own pace” installation view, Courtesy of the artist, aaploit

Diversity and inclusion, are also being focused on as important items in Purpose Management in companies. It is a way of tolerating various values, ways of thinking, and ways of life, and of respecting each other. The aim is to create such a society, but it is also true that it has been framed to some extent.
The theme of this exhibition is an exploration of our shared place in the coming of a new season.
Spring is a season of new beginnings, but the starting line is not always fair. Unfair competition and uncertain circumstances may lie ahead. We take an honest look at such realities and examine them. We explore how individual experiences and social contexts shape and transform the concept of place.

Please join us in celebrating the coming of a new season, and think, feel, and share with us the meaning of place through this exhibition.

In this exhibition, Michimata will present new works in addition to his existing works. We look forward to your visit.

Exhibition detail


Friday, April 5, 2024 to Sunday, April 21, 2024
Opening Hours
13:00 – 18:00 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the exhibition period
Contemporary Art aaploit 2-19-2 Suido, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo