Planet of Rabbits

The exhibition PLANET OF RABBITS reflects on the mentality of children and the relationship between children and parents.
In panoramic digital montages Toshie Takeuchi opens a fascinating universe on the boundary between fantasy and reality.
Exhibition duration:
01-09-2007 - 30-09-2007
Planet of Rabbits
Toshie Takeuchi
For the first time in Denmark is it possible to see a solo exhibition by the young Japanese contemporary artist Toshi Takeuchi.
The exhibition PLANET OF RABBITS reflects on the mentality of children and the relationship between children and parents. Inspired by classical fairytales, Japanese contemporary literature and memories of her childhood, Toshie Takeuchi has been working on this artistic project since 2004.

In panoramic digital montages Toshie Takeuchi opens a fascinating, visual universe on the boundary between fantasy and reality. At once a charming and alarming place for children, where in the form of imaginative and expressive rabbits, they can unfold their common childhood. In this peculiar universe, this reflection of reality, the children can draw back from their encounter with adults and a so-called world of reason, which has only left them confused with unanswered questions.

Toshie Takeuchi studied at the University of the Arts London, London College of Communication. She has exhibited at museums and galleries in England, Germany, France, USA and Japan, and among others, Fotografie Forum International, Frankfurt, Germany, and The International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY, USA. She continues to show her work internationally and currently lives and practices in Japan.

Opening: Friday 31st of August at 4 - 6 pm.
H.E. the Japanese ambassador to Denmark Mr. Masaki Okada will officially open the exhibition.
Toshie Takeuchi will be present.

Seminar: Saturday 8th of September at 2 pm.
The seminar will discuss tendencies in Japanese contemporary culture, and the art of Toshie Takeuchi will be brought into focus. The lecturers are Anne Mette Laursen, MA, lecturer in Japanese Marie Roesgaard, the Institute of Cross-cultural and Regional Studies and Gunhild Borggreen, amanuensis at the Institute of Art and Science of Arts.

The exhibition is supported by Aarhus Festival, The Danish Arts Council's Committee for International Visual Art, Vilhelm Kiers Fond, XPRINT and EPA Foods.

Artist statement:
'All grown-ups started off as children (though few of them remember).'
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's book, THE LITTLE PRINCE

I explore the world drifting confusion around the border between reality and fantasy and I express feelings and memories that could not be verbalized. In this series, PLANET OF RABBITS, I practice these particularly in issues of children's mentality and relationship with their parents.
When I lived in a council estate in London, I have met many children in my everyday life. I have started this project, because I realized how interested it is watching them. Also I have been interested in what was the key factor of the dramatically increased social problems which involve children and which were caused by youths. I consider that probably distance or poor communication between children and their parents seemed to be argued. As reality and fantasy seems to act like a mirror, I believe that the mirror like relationship also exists in the relationship between children and grown ups (especially their parents).
The images portray delicate and complex scene from novels, Grimm's Fairy Tales, clipping from newspapers, and from my childhood memories. The symmetrically set up background symbolizes that reality and fantasy co-exist in our world. The pumpkins are used as metaphors of un-verbalized feelings and children's sign. To me, a rabbit is an evocative fanciful symbol. When I was a child, I was told rabbits lived in the moon. I could see the figures of two rabbits pounding sticky rice in a mortar to make mochi, a special Japanese food eaten especially for New Years celebration. Even now, although I have grown up, I can still see the figures on the surface of the moon. Therefore, I used the rabbit as a metaphor of 'childishness.'

Toshie Takeuchi 2007.