KEN NAKAHASHI will hold The Human Voice, a special exhibition by Mariko Matsushita, from July 9 (Sat) to July 31 (Sun), 2022, featuring some of the works presented in her solo exhibition The Human Voice held at the Contemporary Art Foundation in 2021.

Statement by Mariko Matsushita

The Human Voice

Here now, what I'm going to say,

might be just one of those little voices.

However, even at the bottom,

where everything has been stolen,

the small voice that pushes back oblivion is not

the same as silence.

I can't help but listen to that voice, like a needle,

and I can't hide that the holes

all over my body turn into screams.

I follow that human voice,

and try to place the next stepping stone in the darkness.

This placement of stepping stones,

—if Humanity does not perish first,

will take us to nowhere, where there is no denial.

Towards where the violent leaps of wind mark the spot,

I am reaching my hands.

October, 2021 Mariko Matsushita

Mariko Matsushita was born in 1980, in Osaka and received a B.F.A in oil painting from Kyoto City University of the Arts in 2004.

In 2016, Matsushita received the Grand Prize for the 2nd CAFAA Award, organized by the Contemporary Art Foundation and had a residence program at the Delfina Foundation in London in 2017.

She is expected to play a key role in Japan and abroad.

Major exhibition includes, Anökumene: Land exiled as uninhabitable (Solo, KEN NAKAHASHI, Tokyo, 2020), In the Honest Word of Love (Solo, GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS GINZA ATRIUM, Tokyo, 2020), IDO (Solo, matchbaco, Tokyo, 2016).


  • Title: Mariko Matsushita The Human Voice
  • Period: July 9 (Sat)–July 31 (Sun), 2022
  • Hours: Wed・Thu・Fri 11:00-19:00, Sat・Sun 11:00-17:00
  • Closed: Mon・Tue
  • No prior reservation is required
  • June 2022, KEN NAKAHASHI published an archival booklet The Human Voice