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Shorts: The Wondrous Worlds of Fuyuhiko Takata

24 September 2022
Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA, UK
FREE, £4, £6.50

Fuyuhiko Takata’s films twist classical fairy tales into tragicomical, erotic, and gore-y remixes that make you question the symbols and endings you thought you knew. Often filming in his own room, the Hiroshima-born artist uses handmade props and costumes to depict shame, desire, and the abject in wholly fantastical and unapologetic terms.

Britney, Rapunzel, and Angela Merkel are among those ravaged by Takata’s delight for upending conventional narratives. Spiralling into the tragicomic and embracing the perverse, these films present a lurid and lewd excavation of a societal subconscious that refuses to walk on eggshells.

Many Classic Moments | 2011 | 3’

Cambrian Explosion | 2016 | 2’

Love Exercise | 2013 | 13’

Storytelling | 2014 | 6’

Japan Erection | 2010 | 2’

We Are The Women | 2013 | 5’

Afternoon of a Faun | 2015/2016 | 5’

Love Phantom | 2017 | 1’

Dream Catcher | 2018 | 4’

The Princess and the Magic Birds | 2020-21 | 17’

Leave Britney Alone | 2009 | 3’

Programme runtime 1h10min

CW: Nudity, sexual harassment, discussion of non-consensual sex, blood, self-harm

Curated by April Lin 林森

(b. 1996, Stockholm — they/them) April Lin 林森 is an interdisciplinary artist and independent curator investigating image-making and world-building as sites for the construction, sustenance, and dissemination of co-existent yet conflicting truths. Working across moving image, performance, creative computing and installation, they dream & explore & critique & fret & catastrophise & imagine & play — for a collective remembering of forgotten pasts, for a critical examination of normalised presents, and for a visualising of freer futures as, of course, imagined from the periphery. Their films have been shown at the Museum of the Moving Image New York, Sheffield DocFest and NOWNESS Asia and they have programmed for Queer East Film Festival.

Presented in partnership with Queer East

Programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.

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