Residency Program

Exchange Residency Program (Japan-based creators sent abroad)

update: 2024.4.22


Participating ProjectExchange Residency Program (Japanese Creators sent abroad)
City / Place stayedBrussel / WIELS
Period2024.1 - 2024.4
Purpose of the residency

Belgium, where I will be staying, is the birthplace of Beguinehof. The Beguine religion took many different forms and responses depending on the time period and region. Some of them were devout believers, but did not belong to any monastery, living in the secular world following the teachings. Despite the various restrictions imposed on them, the Beguines of Beguinhof lived out their faith as a community, while accumulating knowledge, doing handicrafts, and engaging in economic activities.
By actually visiting the Beguine churches that still exist in Belgium and the sites of the Beguine churches, I would like to search for something irreplaceable that occurs at a major turning point in people's lives and ways of living.

Plan during the residency
  • Research the remaining Belgian Beguine Abbey (begijnhof), currently used as a museum.
  • While researching the themes of the "begijnhof," "contemporary feminism," and "gender differences in Belgian history," we will hold regular discussions with experts to see if we can find commonalities between or among the three themes.
  • The role of faith and body ornamentation in Europe and Japan, respectively, will be examined in the context of life in Belgium.
  • Scarification and documentation of its procedure (if permission is granted)
  • In the project I will document the process of skin regeneration through scarification and the physical and intellectual transformation of myself in the course of my research on the Begijnen, and explore the intersection of the two.

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