|Participating Program||Research Residency Program|
|Activity Based||Mexico City|
|Period||2023.1 - 2023.3|
My research project for the TOKAS artistic research residency is about the time that Taro Okamoto spent in Mexico City in 1967 painting his masterpiece mural The Myth of Tomorrow. Since the time when Okamoto San was an ethnography student at La Sorbonne in Paris, he developed an admiration for ancient indigenous cultures. The influence of the Jōmon people from Japan was evident in his work, but he also professed a deep admiration for cultures like the Mexican Aztecs or the native ethnicities of Oceania.
Based on a Mexican clay folk sculpture called "The Tree of Life" that he owned and is exhibited permanently in the living room of his house memorial in Aoyama in Tokyo, my research aims to find a relationship and a parallel to his monumental sculpture from 1970 The Tree of Life featured at the interior of the "Tower of the Sun" in Osaka.