In Praise of Hands by Swimsuit Department
The way you surround yourself with objects reflects how you see the world. Takahiro Goko from Swimsuit Department definitely has a keen eye for detail and an outstanding gift for finding beauty in common, folk art.
Last month, we had the opportunity to visit his exhibition “In Praise of Hands”, held inside Herman Miller Marunouchi, an upscale neighbourhood in Tokyo.
The exhibition space haced the shop’s window front, with generous natural light and a gorgeous wooden floor. Goko-san chose a long, sturdy wood table that worked as a beautiful canvas for the curation. Colourful objects from every part of Mexico, crafted by different techniques, were lined up and displayed facing the street. Each item has a unique characteristic, story, and an exquisite color palette.
Among the countless Mexican folk art exhibitions found everywhere at recent times, “In praise of hands”, a curation put together by Goko-san himself, stands apart from the rest. Composed by objects of all materials, size and colour, it has more regal prestige and beauty than most of the other Flea Market-esque events outside Mexico put together.
Of course the first question I asked him was how many times has he been to Mexico. I was so surprised to hear that in fact, he has never traveled there before. He gathered all these precious items from his travels to California, United States.
It is so impressing to meet somebody that has not even been to Mexico, yet has such a clear sense of what Mexican folk art is.
I also felt a little sad to think how somebody that has not visited Mexico in his life could have so much more appreciation and respect for our culture, even more than many Mexican themselves.
My favourite part of this exhibition was to see all of these objects lined together for the first time, creating a vibrating color mix that made everybody walking by the store pause and admire.
Unfortunately, the exhibition was held from June 11 until June 19. We look forward to seeing this magical collection appear again in another place in Tokyo in the near future.