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"Democracy Demonstrates"
2015- 2017, 365 sculptures and digital photography

installation, variable dimensions, 365 archival pigment prints, 4 1/8" x 5 3/8 " each print, wood
Installation view at Kala Art Institute, "Lyrics, Gestures and Games" May 11, 2017 - July 12, 2017
Photo by: Hiroyo Kaneko

The complete portfolio (Edition 5/ AP 2) contains all 365 sculptures as 8.5" x 11" archival pigment print will be available in late 2017.
This selection of prints (Edition 5/ AP 2) as 17" x 22" archival pigment print are available at Maho Kubota Gallery. Please direct inquiries to: info at

“Democracy Demonstrates” was a one-year project conducted from May 2015 to April 2016, during which time I saved all the non-perishable garbage that I generated each day and then used it to create a daily sculpture. Each sculpture was then photographed, titled, and measured. Upon completion of the project, I had digital images of the 365 sculptures, detailed information related to the garbage, and personal notes about each day.
The project began during a 90-day residency in South Korea and then continued from my home in New York. It was a documentation of my daily life, as well as a simple comparative observation of the consumption patterns of one individual living in different consumer societies. The project deals with the idea of democracy and the gap between that idea and the actual system we live in, and reflects on the contradictions in and the limits to democracy as a value system and institution under late capitalism. More fundamentally, the project was a way to bring my desire to be more democratic and the actual practice of democracy together through a concrete action.

To return the practice of democracy to a personal level, as a material for my studio practice I used the garbage I generated each day as a result of my choices as a consumer, not as materials selected based on aesthetic value judgments. By doing so, I attempted to strengthen a viewpoint in which the artist’s judgment is kept to a minimum and all materials are treated equally. This approach was the complete opposite of the way I had worked up to that point, and served as a way to question anew aesthetic and ideological systems which I had internalized.

-Midori Harima, March 2017

“Democracy Demonstrates” は 2015年から2016年にかけて行われた一年間のプロジェクトです。プロジェクト期間中毎日、一日の生活の中で出るゴミを使って、一日一個の立体を制作し、それらの立体は其々デジタル写真に収められました。このプロジェクトはその365個の立体とそのイメージ、タイトル、立体のサイズ、ゴミの内容物、その日一日過ごした場所や共に過ごした人々の名前などの記録によって構成されています。



2017年3月 播磨みどり