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Originally included in a French movie package called Private Collections, Grass Labyrinth unfolds as an emblematic palette of Terayama’s favourite themes and imagery. The story revolves around a young boy’s Oedipal obsession with the lyrics to a lullaby about a bouncing ball that his mother used to sing to him as a child. His journey takes him through lost memories and forgotten experiences that ultimately seem to unfold an unforgivable and long-hidden truth. Grass Labyrinth is a tale about attraction, obsession, seduction and sexual repression, all elegantly unraveled through Terayama’s symbolic and erotic storytelling techniques and unique choice of landscapes and colours. The avant-garde intermingling of media reaches its peak in the unconventional yet sensual image of a calligraphed naked body on a seashore, suggesting how the body itself is a canvas for us to paint our story onto and a channel to express our true and deepest desires.
Thursday 28th October
Hiroshi Mikami, Taskeshi Wakamatsu
Palace James Street