Michiko Kon: Cannibal Fest

Michiko Kon: Cannibal Fest

Robert Mann Gallery in New York City recently exhibited Michiko Kon’s “Cannibal Fest.” The show was a sort of celebration of the ordinary everyday object. A clock, dress, shoe are all put on display in a festive atmosphere of the reimagined vision through the eyes of Michiko. For example, a top hat is decorated with sardines or melon with octopus tentacles. From the press release, “Michiko Kon’s dreamlike work parallels the intentions of the surrealist, specifically when looking at the work of Meret Oppenheim. Cannibal Feast (1959), a significant work by Oppenheim which inspired this exhibition title, featured a live woman (later replaced by a mannequin) garnished with fish, fruit and nuts set the table with cutlery, inviting the spectator to a cannibal feast, a lavish celebration of life, love and mortality with the intent to provoke a mixture of pleasure and discomfort.”

Michiko was born in Kanagawa, Japan. Her work has been shown at The Art Institute of Chicago and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. The show, “Cannibal Fest,” was on exhibition through October 19, 2019.

Yellowtails and Hat, 1986
© Michiko Kon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery
Gizzard Shad and Brassiere, 1986
© Michiko Kon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery
Ark Shells and Boot, 1996
© Michiko Kon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery
Octopus and Melon, 1989
© Michiko Kon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery
Sunflowers and Sardines, 1990
© Michiko Kon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery
Peas and Dress, 1993
© Michiko Kon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery
Silk Hat and Sardines, 1994
© Michiko Kon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery
Ark Shells and Boot, 1996
© Michiko Kon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery
Check out the exhibition here.