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Tetsuya Ishida Human Production Chains at the Reina Sofia Museum

Tetsuya Ishida Human Production Chains at the Reina Sofia Museum

This young artist, who died in 2005, at only 31 years of age, and with barely 10 years of artistic trajectory, has left a legacy of criticism and surrealism towards Japanese society, towards technological development, the real estate bubble, politics, towards education… a society that transforms us into working ants, robots and humanoids with no time for anything but production, serial labor, consumption and competitiveness between us.


The order of the day is the effects that we all suffer for this type of life and that Tetsuya Ishida reflects very well in his work: existential crisis, loneliness, anxiety, depression, incommunicado… ” Self-portrait of another” is the artist’s first major retrospective outside his country, and he traveled to Chicago afterwards. Lost childhood is another of their recurring themes, schoolchildren involved in social machinery preparing them for serial work, as machines that are being programmed with a much studied purpose. We try to get into the cog of the productive chain, from inculcated children, symbolized by the artist in his settings of chains of assemblies, packaging, bodies-object, buildings-human, human-insect, humanoid… etc. Ishida’s vision takes us to a society on the brink of existential crisis.


In 1991, Japan went through a deep recession that marked an entire generation and inevitably Tetsuya, affecting his work and leading to his possible “suicide” in 2005. His well-known work in the Land of the Rising Sun is becoming more and more valued, selling a year after his death one of his works in the “Asian Contemporary Art” by 780,000 HKD.


Exhibition organized by the Reina Sofia Museum in the Velazquez Palace of El Retiro Park.


Until 8 September, 2019 / Palacio de Velázquez, Retiro Park. Admission is free.



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