Works and days
Chihiro Gompei
19/03/2022 - 21/03/2022
UNTITLED space, 
Kyojima, 3 Chome−13−7, Sumida City, 131-0046 Tokyo
Open: 12.00 - 7.00 pm
In March we are pleased to invite you for the exhibition "Works and days" by Tokyo based artist Chihiro Gompei. Her textile and mixed media objects by investigating ancient Greek mythology and stories, open up questions connected with identity and belonging. In her ONA project room exhibition, the artist is going to use concepts and symbols associated with the Pandora figure, and its contemporary impact into everyday life. 

Artist statement:
In daily conversations, sometimes I notice that my words retrieve historical matters that I have not experienced firsthand. It feels like I repeat a story that I have never heard of.
In Hesiod’s Works and Days, there is a first mortal woman called Pandora. She is the origin of ‘Pandora’s box’ and considered as an archetype of Eva in a biblical canon. People have dictated the image of Pandora as a woman bringing evils to humans. Pandora, however, was the name of a mother goddess worshipped in Mediterranean islands before Ancient Greek occupation.
When I use Pandora’s box metaphor, it raises up the history of femme fatale from 700 BC instead of the antient goddess. Like practicing daily tasks, people have repeated a story manipulated by Hesiod and produced various images tirelessly. Pandora was sealed in the accumulation of them. I am looking for her through my works and days.

ONA project room 3月の展示プログラムは、東京を拠点に活動するアーティスト・権瓶千尋の個展「Works and days」を開催いたします。彼女の古代ギリシャ神話や物語をモチーフにしたテキスタイルや陶器の作品は、アイデンティティや帰属意識にまつわる疑問を投げかけています。
今回ONA project roomでの展示では、古代ギリシャ神話に登場する「パンドラ」像に関連する概念やシンボル、そして私たちの日常生活への現代的な影響をテーマにした作品を発表する予定しています。
About the artist:
Chihiro Gompei
Reflecting her experience of moving back and forth between Tokyo and other cities in her 20s, Chihiro Gompei investigates an ephemeral boundary between self/here and other/there. She creates sculptures, textiles and moving images investigating identity and a sense of belonging in our time. She was a finalist of the 22nd 1_WALL photography competition (Guardian Garden, Tokyo, 2020). She received a MA in Mixed Media Textiles from Royal College of Art, London in 2016. Chihiro Gompei lives and works in Tokyo.

Artist interview:
Exhibition view:
Back to Top