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"Hello Kitty Gets a Mouth, a one person exhibition by Jaime Scholnick"
2004-09-03 until 2004-09-25
Gallery Kobo Chika
Toyko, , JP Japan

Gallery Kobo Chika is pleased to announce the exhibition Hello Kitty Gets a Mouth by Jaime Scholnick. This is her second solo exhibition at Gallery Kobo Chika. The installation will include a screening of the film, works on paper and sculptural work. An interactive performance "Shoot A Mouth on Hello Kitty" is planned for the opening night only. After years of silence, Hello Kitty now joins the historic list of others of the same gender in acquiring a voice. The short film depicts the frustration Hello Kitty encounters upon realizing her inability to utter a sound. Appropriately frustrated by her discovery, Hello Kitty promptly takes action and finds herself in the perfect place for reconstructive surgery, Los Angeles.

Upon encountering Japanese culture, Scholnick found Hello Kitty to perfectly exemplify her frustrations as a woman while teaching English in the city of Yamagata. Shocked by her older female students proudly displaying the mute kitty on anything and everything imaginable, Scholnick began to explore the Japanese word for cute, kawaii. The incessant striving by her women students to eternally remain cute along with the rampant display of a figure with no means of conveying struck Scholnick as frightening.

Exploring the similar sounding Japanese words kawaii and kowai (cute and frightened), Scholnick finds the duality of the similar sounding words to express the frightening void accompanying a silent female. In order to counteract the void, her mural-sized drawings at POST arm Hello Kitty with assault weapons to instill an expression of power to be feared.

In the past Scholnick has used Hello Kitty merchandise, marketing giveaways such as tissue packs, coat hangers and other reinterpreted mass produced items to find beauty in the everyday, and to talk about how we are living now. Unfortunately, expression does not come as easily to all women as she would wish. For Scholnick, the inundation of Hello Kitty merchandise in both Japan and the U.S. references a global culture where women remain at risk.

More info at: http://www.hellokittygetsamouth.com/

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