London, March 28 (IANS/EFE) Japanese “Outsider Art”, works by self-taught artists perceived to be at the margins of society, is the theme of an exhibition at London’s Wellcome Collection.
The “Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan” exhibition focuses the spotlight on the increasingly popular style while raising questions about the category itself.
“The exhibition records both intimately personal and expansive approaches to creating art and the processes of making, through six overlapping sections,” the museum said in a statement.
The artists whose work is featured in the exhibition are residents of psychiatric institutions who have been diagnosed with a variety of behavioural, developmental and mental illnesses.
“Souzou”, a word with no direct translation in English, has a dual meaning in Japanese, either “creation” or “imagination”.
“The 46 artists represented in the show are residents and attendees of social welfare institutions across the main island of Honshu, and they present diverse bodies of work including ceramics, textiles, paintings, sculpture and drawings,” the Wellcome Collection said.
“Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan” runs until June 30.