Inner Voices

2011.7.30(Sat.) - 2011.11.6(Sun.)



2011.7.30(Sat.) - 2011.11.6(Sun.)
10:00 - 18:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays), *Exhibition Room 14 is open from September 10 – November 6


21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa


Mondays, September 20 and October 11 (Open on August 15, September 19 and October 10)


Tickets of "Inner Voices"
Adult : ¥1,000
University : ¥800
Elem/ JH/ HS : ¥400
65 and over : ¥800

Advance・group(20P and over)
Adult : ¥800
University : ¥600
Elem/ JH/ HS : ¥300
Note: The tickets allows admission to the Collection Exhibition. [September 17 - November 6]

Dual Ticket of "Inner Voices" and "Jeppe Hein 360°"
Adult : ¥1,700
University : ¥1,400
Elem/ JH/ HS : ¥700
65 and over : ¥1,400

Advance・group(20P and over)
Adult : ¥1,400
University : ¥1,100
Elem/ JH/ HS : ¥800

Ticket Sales:

◇Ticket PIA
Phone: +81-(0)570-02-9999
[Exhibition ticket P code] 764-565
[Dual ticket P code] 764-562

◇Lawson Ticket
Phone: +81-(0)570-000-777
[Exhibition ticket L code] 53442
[Dual ticket L code] 53437
*Dual ticket on sale June 30 – August 31.

For More Information:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Phone: +81-(0)76-220-2800
Facsimile: +81-(0)76-220-2802

How does everyone acknowledge their identities that are gradually established in the process of finding out their whereabouts in the world? Among artists of contemporary art who are dealing with various
ways of expression while facing contemporary times, women artists indicate explicitly how keen they are on searching for their potential directions while shrugging off restrictions. It is because, when they try to escape from existing values and the old paradigm of reality to create another reality for themselves, it is essential for women to acquire freedom of self-decision---to be free of authority and commonly accepted ideas. Focusing on women artists who were born after the 1960s and rode on the waves of globalization along with the economic growth, this exhibition lends an ear to the Inner Voices of them who see both sides of life---difficulties and possibilities. In order to surmount barriers such as widely accepted images and values of “femininity,” misconceptions and lack of understanding that occur due to differences, they have chosen neither resistance nor confrontation. We are expecting that their works show us the ways they are working will reveal how universally important it is to be free in the expression of art, which is not limited to women only.

*Shilpa Gupta, I Keep Falling At You will be displayed from September 10.

Related Projects

Series of Artist Talk Show

Date/time: Saturday, July 30, 11:00-19:00
Artists / Schedule
11:00 – 12:00 Chiharu Shiota (Japanese only)
12:00 – 13:00 Wah Nu
13:30 – 14:30 Kim Sora (Korean/ Japanese consecutive interpretation)
14:30 – 15:30 Jemima Wyman
15:45 – 16:00 Special preview: Melissa Ramos Haunt Me, Recite It Again (with Japanese title)
16:00 – 17:00 Melissa Ramos
17:00 – 18:00 Yee I-Lann
18:00 – 19:00 Oh Haji (Japanese only)
Venue: Lecture Hall, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Admission: No charge (with same-day ticket to this exhibition)
Capacity: Limited to first 80 arrivals.
Language: Consecutive English/ Japanese interpretation is provided when not specified.

“Dialogue: Life and Sexuality”
Date/time: Saturday, October 8, 14:00 – 16:00
Artists: Yuki Fujiwara (exhibiting artist) and Yuji Yamashita (professor of Meiji Gakuin University / art critic)
Venue: Lecture Hall, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Admission: No charge (with same-day ticket to this exhibition)
Capacity: 80 (Numbered tickets will be distributed from 10:00 that day in front of the Lecture Hall)
Language: Japanese


"Weaving workshop using the body"
Artist: Oh Haji (exhibiting artist)
Date/time: Saturday, October 15, 13:00-17:00
Venue: Kids’ Studio, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Age: Junior high school students and over
Capacity: Limited to first 15 arrivals
Admission: ¥700
Reservation required: Reservation starting from Friday, July 15
Language: Japanese

Let’s read picture books
Date/time: Saturday, August 27 and Saturday, September 3 13:00 - 13:30
      Friday, October 7, 19:00 - 19:30
Meeting Place: Breast-feeding Room (next to Kids' Studio), 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Admission: No charge
Language: Japanese

Gallery Tour with the Curator
Curators of this exhibition introduce exhibiting artists and their works while taking visitors around the exhibition.
Date: September 3, October 1, November 5 (All days are Saturdays)
Time: 14:00 - 14:40
Date: August 5, September 16 (All days are Fridays)
Time: 19:00 - 19:40
Meeting Place: Lecture Hall, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Admission: No charge (with same-day ticket to this exhibition)
Reservation: Not necessary
Language: Japanese

* Please note that all the events may be subject to alternation without notice.

Artist Profile

  • Yee I-Lann
    Map, Sulu Stories, 2005
    Collection of Mori Art Museum
    Courtesy of the Artist and VALENTINE WILLIE FINE ART

    Yee I-Lann

    Born in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia in 1971 and lives in Kuala Lumpur.
    She was born to a New Zealander mother and a Sino-Kadazan father, and lived ten years in Adelaide, Australia after she became a high school student. With consciousness of her roots of different ethnic cultures, she has dealt with history, politics and economic structure in Malaysia as her themes, and also produced poetic works of photography in which we can picture diverse, rich histories.

  • Chiharu Shiota
    Wall, 2010
    (video still)
    Courtesy of KENJI TAKI GALLERY

    Chiharu Shiota

    Born in Osaka in 1972 and lives in Berlin.
    She has actively worked around Europe since the latter half of the 1990s. Combining objects that remind us of affairs, things and people who existed in the past, she produces works on the theme that people of today are trying to communicate with the absence of them. At the same time, being conscious of her skin forming the boundary between the inside and the outside, she sublimates “anxiety about life” existing in her into her dynamic world of expression.

  • Jemima Wyman
    Combat Drag, 2008
    (production still)
    Courtesy of the Artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane

    Jemima Wyman

    Born in Sydney in 1977 and lives in Brisbane/Los Angeles.
    On the theme of the mask, which the Zapatista group (civilian soldiers) based in Chiapas, Mexico wear as their uniform, she presents videos, paintings and photographic collages focusing on the role of clothing that either reveals or hides one’s real self. While weaving reality and fiction together, she inquires into the meaning of orienting oneself to the community accepting regulations and customs.

  • Oh Haji
    Another Story, 2010
    photo: Kazuo Fukunaga
    Collection of the Artist

    Oh Haji

    Born in Osaka in 1976 and lives there.
    As a third-generation Korean living in Japan, she represented in her works the community and situation in which she lives, using the ch’ima chogori costume. Later, empathizing with diaspora (dispersion of people from homeland), she weaved, sewed and joined threads and cloths together to express her memories and feelings, giving a hard look at her past life and future.

  • Kim Sora
    TIME EAT TIME, 2011
    Courtesy of the Artist

    Kim Sora

    Born in Seoul in 1965 and lives there.
    Many of her works deal with the concept of how people are involved with each other in society. With careful observation of the existing social system, she tries to replace it with new social interactions that she deduces from people’s behaviors and ideas. She presents installations dealing with the concept of “time” peculiar to each person.

    While Kim Sora was staying in Kanazawa, she interviewed three old men. How did she shift their lives into dishes? You can download from the following web site to get some recipes of a part of the work by her, "Time Eat Time" in the gallery #11.

  • Yuki Fujiwara
    TABLE COLOSSEUM, 2003-04
    Collection of Teruji Sugiyama

    Yuki Fujiwara

    Born in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1978 and lives there.
    Following her instinctive desire, “I can’t help painting” without question, she produced paintings on the theme of human life and sexuality. Trying to express powerfulness of life that people, animals and trees show committing their lives, she gropes for the desire of living, which is considered to be self-evident.

  • Shilpa Gupta
    I Keep Falling At You, 2010
    Tiroch DeLeon Collection
    photo: Didier Barroso

    Shilpa Gupta

    Born in Mumbai, India in 1976 and lives there.
    She presents many works on the theme of social problems in terms of race, religion, gender, disparity and class. She carefully observes people’s awareness and reactions, and with genuine, witty expressions, reveals how complicated and deep-rooted those problems are.
    *I Keep Falling At You will be displayed from September 10.

  • Wah Nu
    Cloud Department: Yellow, 2008
    Collection of Art-U room

    Wah Nu

    Born in Rangoon, Myanmar in 1977 and lives there.
    After having studied music at The Rangoon University of Culture, she started her career as an artist. At present, her activities are focused on paintings and videos. In her paintings, clouds are used as symbols to depict her joy and sorrow. As she accepts reality as it is, her works give out a sense of calm ordinariness.

  • Melissa Ramos
    Haunt Me, Recite it Again, 2011
    (production still)
    Collection of the Artist

    Melissa Ramos

    Born in the Philippines in 1982 and lives in New South Wales, Australia. Themes in Melissa’s work questions and depicts codes from social and political systems. This video work Haunt Me, Recite It Again shows an old woman’s stream of thought based on amplifying what’s beneath the surface and to bind the resonance of her reality, to create a dialogue.
    * Please confirm screening schedule on the museum homepage, because they are shown on a non-regular basis.


Organized by:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Kanazawa Art Promotion and Development Foundation)

Supported by:

Queensland Government

In Cooperation with:

Project K Japan, ltd.,