call for the removal of works that injure the dignity of women and child
  • Petitioned Mori Art Museum

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GENERAL INQUIRIES
Mori Art Museum
Hyatt Hotels

call for the removal of works that injure the dignity of women and child

    1. 金尻 かずな
    2. Petition by

      金尻 かずな

      Shinjuku-ku, Japan

 We object in the strongest of terms to the decision of the Mori Art Museum to host an exhibition by Makoto Aida, which includes the ‘Dog’ series. We lodge our protest against the Mori Art Museum in the following statement.

http://paps-jp.org/action/mori-art-museum/statement-english/
http://paps-jp.org/action/mori-art-museum/english-version/

 Since last November, the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo has been holding an exhibition “Aida Makoto 天才でごめんなさい[Sorry for being a genius] Monument For Nothing.” We are concerned that many of Aida’s works are pornographic, some even using realistic abusive images of girls aged around 12-16.

 Official Website of the Mori Art Museum (English)

 Aida’s Interview and his works (English /Warning: Very explicit images including mutilation, child pornography paintings: But later these works were deleted from this cite)

 One series of paintings which title is “Dog” is especially brutal since the main protagonist is a young girl who is mutilated both her hands and shins and completely naked except a collar around her neck. In one picture, she is sitting behind a pet dish smiling as if she is happy in this sexually abusive situation.

 There are other (child) pornographic images such as “Eatable Girl Mimi” series in which the girls are sliced, roasted, chilled and forced to lay salmon eggs from her vagina by a set of huge male hands. In “Harakiri School Girls,” the girls are spilling their gut while smiling. In “Blender,” countless women and girls are minced.

 These paintings are clearly degrading women and girls and therefore, should not be displayed in public museums. It is not an artistic approach for criticizing inequality or violence since Aida is filming himself naked and masturbating to letters of “Bishoujo [Beautiful girls]” on the wall. By doing this, he openly admits that he has pedophilic appetite towards girls and the Mori Art Museum is allowing him to exploit women and girls.

 Aida and the staffs of the Mori Art Museum place one picture of “Dog” series, in which the mutilated girl’s public area is vividly drawn, and the whole set of “Eatable Girl Mimi” series in a small room named “the Room for 18 years-old or older.” But other images including “The Great Member Fuji versus King Gidora” in which a young woman is crying while eaten alive and raped by a monster are openly displayed to visitors of all ages.

 We strongly protest to the Mori Art Museum, Makoto Aida, and the Grand Hyatt Hotel Tokyo, which collaborating with the exhibition, to stop the commercial exploitation of women and girls.

 Please join in our campaign and send emails to below addresses. Let them know that Aida’s works are not art or a challenge against puritanical morals. It is pure and old sex discrimination and violating women and girl’s rights.

The Mori Art Museum
GENERAL INQUIRIES
Tel : +81-3-5777-8600 (HELLO DIAL)
8:00-22:00 (Everyday)
Email : info-mam@mori.co.jp

The Mori Art Museum
MEDIA INQUIRIES
Public Relations, Mori Art Museum
Tel: 03-6406-6111
Fax 03-6406-9351
10:00-18:00 (Weekdays only)
Email : info-mam@mori.co.jp
http://www.mori.art.museum/eng/info/enquiries.html

The Grand Hyatt Hotel Tokyo
TEL: +81 3 4333 1234 FAX: +81 3 4333 8123
Email: tokyo.grand@hyatt.com
http://tokyo.grand.hyatt.jp/hyatt/hotels-tokyo-grand/
http://restaurants.tokyo.grand.hyatt.co.jp/hotel-news/20121117120000.html

TOKYO METROPOLITAN GOVERNMEN
TEL 03-5320-7725
FAX  03-5388-1233
Email: koe@metro.tokyo.jp

To:
Mori Art Museum, GENERAL INQUIRIES
Hyatt Hotels
call for the removal of works that injure the dignity of women and child

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    News

    1. [Feb 5, 2013] the Museum replied but kept showing Child Pornography

      金尻 かずな
      Petition Organizer

      Feb 5, 2013 | The Mori Art Museum replied as below.
      http://paps-jp.org/action/mori-art-museum/kaitou/reply/
      Mr. Nanjo commented nothing about what we pointed out the sexual discriminate, women-degrading, and child pornographic character of the paintings and his responsibility of public showing of them. He also ignored to set the date for a meeting with us.

      Therefore we now need your support more than before. The exhibition will continue until March. A lot of people would see Aida Makoto’s child pornography and other sex discriminating images.

      Please join in our campaign and stop exploitation of girls and women.
      Send messages to Mr. Nanjo and the sponsors of the Mori Art Museum below.

      http://www.mori.art.museum/eng/mamc/corporate.html
      MORGAN STANLEY
      AGNÈS B. SUNRISE INC.
      AIG
      FONDATION D'ENTREPRISE HERMÈS
      GOLDMAN SACHS
      ...

    2. [Jan 28 - Feb 1, 2013] 288 people agreed with protest

      金尻 かずな
      Petition Organizer

      Jan 28, 2013 | The Mori Art Museum removed “Dog” and “King-gidora” images from their website without any statement or explanation.

      Feb 1, 2013 | One of our core members Setsuko Miyamoto, a social worker and an author of “ソーシャルワーカーという仕事 [What You Do As a Social Worker]” sent a letter to Mr. Nanjo personally, protesting its exhibition and asking removal of “Dog” series. 288 people had agreed with her letter and Ms. Miyamoto sent their names to Mr. Nanjo.

    3. [Jan 25, 2013] We sent an open letter to the Mori Art Museum

      金尻 かずな
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you very much for your support. We truly appreciate your voices and the time you spent to stop this exploitation of girls and women by the Mori Art Museum.

      We would like to inform you about some changes and a correction since starting of this campaign.
      [Correction::: We explained that “King-gidora” and “Dog” series were placed outside of the room “18-over,” but they were actually inside of the age restricted area. We are sorry for the confusion but other degrading/child pornographic images such as “Juicer” are in the outside.]

      Jan 25, 2013 | PAPS (People Against Pornography and Sexual violence) sent an open letter to the director of the Mori Art Museum, Mr. Fumio Nanjo. We demanded Mr. Nanjo to (1) stop displaying sex discriminating paintings such as “Juicer,” “King-gidora,” especially “Dog” series which are not only child pornography but the most violent and degrading images of women. (2) have a 2 hour-meeting with our members and let us hear the Mori Art Museum’s opinion.

    4. Reached 25 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

      • over 1 year ago

      As the father of two young girls, I find it hard to find words to express my revulsion at this sort of image, its creator and institutions that think it is appropriate to display it. See attached link. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/japans-child-porn-addiction-8208043.html

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    • Sawa Omori JAPAN
      • over 1 year ago

      This work is not art. This is just personal painting that humiliate women, girls, and handicapped.

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      • over 1 year ago

      このような異様な、嫌悪感を抱かせるものをアートと、天才と呼べるのだろうか。森美術館は展示物を誤っている。

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    • Bchye Loh シンガポール, SINGAPORE
      • over 1 year ago

      it's fit for private viewing only.

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      • over 1 year ago

      This is not fit for display.

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