Your Alter Ego Found Right Next to You


Your Alter Ego Found Right Next to You

Kaoru Usukubo, She Is. her style, 2023




Daimaruyu area (Otemachi, Marunouchi, Yurakucho)


Painter Kaoru Usukubo attempts to depict “a world that cannot be controlled by consciousness alone,” employing a unique method involving photography, computer graphics, and oil painting. For the Daimaruyu project, Usukubo will take a new approach by interviewing several women who actually live in the district and depicting their introspective worlds. The series, which can be considered a collaboration between Usukubo and the women, will be copied and digitally processed into “murals” (sticker print) that will be displayed in the city. The murals tell the story of anonymous individuals working in Daimaruyu, but Usukubo explains, “I want to depict a larger world from personal viewpoints.” The murals will be installed at several locations in the Daimaruyu area, inviting passersby to ponder their meaning and to enjoy imagining freely.


Daimaruyu Art Action

The Daimaruyu area (Otemachi, Marunouchi, and Yurakucho), in addition to being a business district that plays a key role in the Japanese economy, has a history of urban development centered on culture and the arts dating back 100 years, including the construction of Japan's first theater at the dawn of modern Japan. “Daimaruyu Art Action” will implement a number of art projects at the forefront of urban development in the heart of the city, and collaborate with a network of local businesses with a view to "the next 100 years" of taking action to arouse creativity.

Each Linkage to be implemented in the Daimaruyu area in Tokyo Biennale 2023 will collaborate with the following members for its realization.

Daimaruyu SDGs ACT5 Project Executive Committee, Ligare (OMY Area Management Association), The OMY Landlord Council, Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd., other companies, stores, entrepreneurs and workers in the Daimaruyu area, artist collectives and designers working on social issues, universities and organizations involved in multiculturalism and community development, and others.



September 23 – November 5

Fall period: Mural works on view


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