Transvisceral Borders

March 18 – April 5, 1997

About the Program

Transvisceral Borders is an exhibition of experimental work by Haruko Okano. Inspired by the Irezumi tattoo subculture of Japan, decortication, and the museum which owns over 300 of these tattooed human hides, she explores our primal responses to human skin as a border that both separates and connects us to the external world. Okano uses the human skin as a metaphorical magnet, to gather opposing elements from within the human psyche. Transvisceral Borders probes the shadows between fascination and abhorrence, between instinct and ethics, and continues Okano's exploration of the duality in human nature.


1997.0318 TRA


grunt gallery (second location)
116-350 E. 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V5T 4R8
Unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ/selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations
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