press release

Tetsuya Ishida. Self-Portrait of Other DATES: April 11 - September 8, 2019
PLACE: Palacio de Velázquez

Tetsuya Ishida: Self-Portrait of Other is the first retrospective exhibition of the work of Tetsuya Ishida (Yaizu, Shizuoka, 1973–Tokyo, 2005) to be held out of Japan. It brings together a significant selection of around 70 paintings and drawings, from 1996, the year he finished his degree in fine art at Musashino University, Tokyo, to 2004, shortly before his sudden death.

His paintings, drawings, and notebooks are an extraordinary testimony to the malaise and alienation of contemporary subjects in advanced capitalism. A cult artist in his own country, where his imaginary world has become a reference for younger generations, his sharply critical work was presented in Europe at the 56 Venice Biennale in 2015.

Ishida’s skeptical, nihilistic realism bears witness to today’s normalization of precarity and consumption in every sphere of life. The characters in his works are hybrid, anthropomorphic machines who embody a state of total technological domination and limitless subordination to a new, inescapable form of slavery that makes no distinction between work and consumption and heightens the anxiety of our bodies and subjectivities.

ORGANIZATIONN: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
CURATORSHIP: Teresa Velázquez