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Rumiko Hagiwara borrowed the title of the exhibition from a painting by Benny Van den Meulengracht-Vrancx, a Belgian artist who Rumiko Hagiwara met in Antwerp during her residency at AIR Antwerpen. The phrase emphasizes an answer of a Japanese woman when Meulengracht-Vrancx confronted her with the western notion of a sarcastic dialogue on a rather boring concert; ‘Did you have fun last night?’, ‘Yes it was really, really good!’ The Japanese woman intended to say that if someone within a Japanese context would answer in a positive manner to address a boring concert it is not considered as a joke, but as a lie.
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If you make that kind of joke, then we call it a lie
22 February — 12 April 2014
Rumiko Hagiwara, solo exhibition