Hiroshi Fuji is fundamentally a collaborative artist who has spent the last 30 years ‘transforming existences that are not valued by society into special existences’ – his work always dealing with society, the community and environmental issues. What drew me to Fuji in particular was his inclusion of children in his actions as well as his wonderful toy exchange, called ‘Kaekko’ – a project offers a space for children to trade toys with each other and for creating new pieces based on the collected toys – that he’s been runing for over 13 years and which has produced over 5,000 citizen led events in 1,000 locations all over Japan and around the World.
In his latest show called ‘Central Kaeru Station – Where have all these toys come from?’ Fuji brought over 50,000 toys – which he had collected over the years in the Kaekko project – and created an art installation and hosted a series of workshops for the community. It’s an incredible untertaking and requires both passion, strength and conviction which Fuji seems to have in abundance. I hope his work inspires many coming after him who also believe that art has the abilty to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.
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