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Design Festa Gallery Harajuku 「デザイン・フェスタ・ギャラリー原宿」

Formerly apartments block and turned into an art gallery Design Festa Gallery attracts Tokyo’s freestyle art scene.

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The gallery rents all size rooms to emerging local and international artists who exhibit a wide range of media from photography to painting, installations, fashion, handicrafts and much more.

The list of artists is long and it changes weekly, so you can be surprised every time you visit DFG (and you can buy their artworks as well, if you haven’t spent all your Yens shopping around Harajuku!)

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The whole space has become this vibrant spot with colorful murals and art in almost every corner.  You can take a break and have lunch at “Sakuratei” the in-house restaurant that attracts laid back artists and visitors.

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Out of all the works featured in every room, I was particularly attracted to “Dear Good Bye’ exhibition by Mami Haramoto and Haruka Hurubo.  For a culture that is traditionally reluctant to express emotions in public, Mami and Haruka’s works feature a sad yet romantic world.  Mami creates deceptively simple art exposing her intimacy and private life. Her elderly grandfather suffers from Alzheimer and she has been sending him handwritten letters trying to recreate their conversations and achieving the closeness they once shared. Behind her, on the wall you can see her grandpa’s photo and the letters she has written. Haruka, shows her homework when she was 3 or 4 years “I can’t remember exactly how old I was”, she says.  Influenced by childhood memories and nostalgic places her works are concerned with loss, memory and absence (their exhibition ended on August 31st).

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Worth a tour!

I’d like to thank Design Festa ’s staff that kindly let me shoot inside their cool galleries…  ありがとうございます!!

Design Festa Gallery Japan, 〒 150-0001 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 3-20-18, Tel: 3479-1442 Official Website

All photos on this blog were snapped by me unless otherwise noted. If you see something you’d like to share, please be sure to provide a link back to this space. Thank you!

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