“Cute art that arouses aggression: The works embody the Japanese cultural phenomenon of kawaii; they embrace cuteness as an aesthetic intention, equally as it is widely seen in Japanese clothing, cartoons and proverbs. Academics, too, have embraced cuteness as an aesthetic category, and in her latest book, the american cultural theorist Sianne Ngai warns against the soft and sweet reverse side. Kawai’s paintings of delicate and colourful animals with empty eyes plays on this inherent aggression of cuteness: they are so adorable that I want to sink my teeth into them.”
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The exhibition continues through April 13, 2022.
Work by Misaki Kawai
Words by Matilde Westfall Gram
Photo by Jan Søndergaard