Feminists Demand “Sexist” Makoto Aida Guro Art Ban

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A gallery exhibition of works by artist Makoto Aida has been denounced as “sexist child pornography,” after its depictions of nude quadruple amputees wearing dog collars inflamed the sensibilities of feminist anti-pornography crusaders.

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The “Tensai de Gomen Nasai” (or “Monument for Nothing,” as its English subtitle runs) exhibition consists of some 100 works by 47-year-old ero-guro artist Makoto Aida, including both paintings and sculpture, and is said to be the first time his more provocative works have been exhibited in a public gallery setting.

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The exhibition itself, held at Roppongi’s prestigious Mori Art Museum, opened in November and runs until the end of March, with details and an English language page available on the museum’s official site.

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However, the “Society for Considering Porn Victims and Sexual Violence,” a group including local university teaching staff and women’s shelter staff amongst its members, has in a letter to the gallery called for the exhibition to be banned, denouncing it in the best traditions of feminist academia as “not only being brutal child pornography, but as exceedingly vile sexism also being discrimination against victims of sexism as well.”

The gallery says it “cannot comment as it is still deciding how to respond,” but already suggests “people who find works of this nature distasteful may wish to refrain from attending the exhibition,” and also restricts minors from viewing the more provocative works.

Not surprisingly, it is his depictions of “daruma” quadruple amputees wearing nothing but dog collars which seem to have provoked this latest assault on artistic freedom, although his works are rather more varied:

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