KEN NAKAHASHI is pleased to announce “Silent Resistance to Oblivion,” a solo exhibition by Mariko Matsushita, to be held from August 24 (Fri) until September 21 (Fri), 2018.

Matsushita’s solo show has been held three times at KEN NAKAHASHI, focusing on her painting works. This exhibition closes upon her drawing practice, showing selected pastel and pen drawings which she makes through everyday life.

At a cafe, in the train, I draw small pictures as I feel like diving into the bottom of my consciousness.

This immersion is, so to speak, a small resistance not to forget the questions: Why am I, me? Why are you, you?

My scar keeps me from forgetting myself, though regarding the distortion of society which caused the wound, I must continue to resist.

Otherwise, I (we) will be well paralyzed, lose myself again and again, and be forced a second death, a third death…

As though I slice my time into even the smallest drawings, I wish to burn and flicker, the bits of life to directly accompany someone.

- Mariko Matsushita

Matsushita’s new artist book comprising her painting, drawing, and poetry will also be published. (limited edition of 100 with signature by artist. Available from August 28.)


  • Mariko Matsushita: Silent Resistance to Oblivion
  • August 24 (Fri) ~ September 21 (Fri), 2018
  • Opening Reception: August 24 (Fri) 18:00~
  • Hours: 11:00 ~ 21:00
  • Closed: Sun & Mon

The Artist

Mariko Matsushita


Born 1980, in Osaka.

B.F.A in oil painting from Kyoto City University of the Arts in 2004. Lives in Tokyo.

Her solo show has been held four times at KEN NAKAHASHI, “MARIKO” in Oct. 2015, “IDO” in Oct. 2016, and “RAW”, "Silent Resistance to Oblivion" in 2018.

Matsushita received Grand Prize for the "2nd CAFAA" Award in 2016, organized by the Contemporary Art Foundation.

Selected work


  • July - September, 2017: Delfina Foundation, London


  • "MARIKO" published by matchbaco, 2015
  • "until the hug" self-published, 2018


  • pays des fees, 2017
  • Acha Tyumu, 2017