The Project

Art. No Borders. Plovdiv 1-30.09.2019

Kusama: infinity Documentary Film, 2018.
Director: Heather Lenz, 80 min.

The film is dedicated to Yayoi Kusama (born in 1929) – one of the most successful contemporary female artists in the world. In her art, Kusama does not limit herself to just one artistic form, but creates paintings, sculptures, and installations, as well as writing poetry and novels. In her personal and her professional life she has had to overcome many challenges: she grew up in Japan during the Second World War in a dysfunctional family, with an authoritative father and a repressed mother. The unhealthy family atmosphere has had a lifelong effect on her psyche. And in professional artistic circles, she comes up against prejudices, racism, and sexism.

Realizing that her talent would not be valued in her homeland, the young Yayoi Kusama left for the USA, attempting to establish a professional career in New York. She worked diligently, created works in a groundbreaking style, and gradually gained fame and notoriety: the artist participated in anti-war demonstrations and attempted suicide. Problems accompanied her in her personal life as well. Because of this, she decided to return to Japan. But no one anticipated her in her homeland. She was again unknown, alone, not understood. Would the artist succeed in getting the acknowledgement she deserved? Can full-fledged creative output be combined with mental illness?


born 1929, lives and works in Matsumoto / sculpture, installation, painting, performance.

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The annual Week of Contemporary Art in Plovdiv, organized by Art Today Association, is one of the most significant events in the artistic life in Bulgaria.