N project Renewal Opening Exhibition: Akira Otsubo “The Other Side of the Curtain”

June 09, 2023

NUKAGA GALLERY OSAKA will be renamed as N project. For our inaugural exhibition, we are thrilled to present Akira Otsuboʼs solo exhibition “The Other Side of the Curtain” from June 9 (Fri) to June 29 (Thu), 2023.

Akira Otsubo studied clinical psychology and then studied photography as a form of contemporary art at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (UMPRUM). Since 2017, the artist has been running the “Shadow in the House Project,” which focuses on requisitioned houses and the historical traces associated with them. Through the traces found in the room, this project aims to examine the origins of the transformation of life culture during postwar Japan and the process of acceptance and conflicts of foreign culture that led to the Japanese economic miracle. The artist has been analyzing and researching found photographs, archival videos, as well as official documents, and with specialists from other different fields, she has been creating a body of works by using these materials and photographs taken by herself.

The exhibition title “The Other Side of the Curtain” is borrowed from the title of a short story by American mystery writer Helen McCloy (1904-1994). Through photographs and video installations, the exhibition attempts to visualize the traces of the rapid propagation of two cultural systems that used to be separated, caused by the requisition during the postwar. The works will focus on the personal history of the residences which were hidden behind historical facts and politics, as well as visualizing the invisible memories together with it. The latest version of the artist’s video installation, updated this year, will be also exhibiting in addition to the series of photographs “Shadow in the House.”

Please come and visit us at the renewed N project space.


Akira Otsubo “The Other Side of the Curtain”

June 9 (Fri) – 29 (Thu), 2023
Weekday 10:00-17:00
Saturday 11:00-18:00
*Closed on Sunday

Opening Reception:
June 9 (Fri), 2023, 16:00-18:00