Commemorating the sale of the photo book “Binbaku Bisou”! A solo exhibition “Beauty of Bondage” by bondage master Hajime Kinoko will be held!

Starting May 1, 2023 (Monday), a solo exhibition by bondage artist Hajime Kinoko to commemorate the sale of her photo book, ``Binbaku Bisou,'' will be held at +ART GALLERY, a gallery where you can experience the cutting edge of contemporary art. Enjoy an exhibition by Hajime Kinoko that uses the art technique ``kinbaku,'' which has been developed based on traditional Japanese aesthetics and techniques.

■Event details
+ART GALLERY will be holding a solo exhibition titled ``Binbaku Bisou'' by Hajime Kinoko, a contemporary artist/bondage artist/rope artist/photographer who is a hot topic in the media, at +ART GALLERY, which is directly connected to Shibuya Station.

This exhibition will be held in conjunction with the sale of the photo book ``Kinbaku Bisou''.In addition to the sale of the photo book, there will also be an exhibition and sale of a limited number of photographic works, and the ``binding'' three-dimensional object that has been exhibited at the Tokyo Art Fair and other events. We also plan to sell the works.
As a bonus for purchasers, when Hajime Kinoko is in the gallery, you will receive a bondage experience (body part), and when he is not in the gallery, you will receive a special rope shackles, etc. It is a "rope-filled" content.

*The artist will be in the gallery from 15:00 to 21:00 on May 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th. If there are any changes, we will notify you via SNS etc.

We also sell a variety of other goods, so please feel free to check them out.
You can also see a large rope installation in the image of a ``heart'' at the venue, so be sure to enjoy it as a photo spot.

A reception party exclusively for photobook purchasers is scheduled to be held from 18:00 on May 1st (Monday).
(If you wish to participate, please purchase a photo book at the reception desk.)
The exhibition will be held for one week during Golden Week, so please come and visit this extraordinary space.

Exhibition: Hajime Kinoko Solo Exhibiton “Beautiful Bondage”
Date: May 1, 2023 (Monday) - May 7, 2023 (Sunday)
Admission fee: 500 yen (registration will be accepted at the venue on the day)
Venue: +ART GALLERY (Shibuya Scramble Square Shop & Restaurant 14F, 2-24-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002)
Sponsor/Venue: Plus Art Co., Ltd., Cooperation: Re Creation Co., Ltd.

On Monday, May 1st, we are planning to hold a reception and performance party exclusively for photobook purchasers. (For details, please check Mr. Hajime Kinoko and Plus Art's SNS account)

■Introduction of Mr. Haime Kinoko's achievements

■Comments regarding the event: Hajime Kinoko
Thank you for choosing ``Binbaku Bisou''.
In this photo collection, we have collected highly fashionable shibari.

The shibari matches fashionable clothing, the shibari itself is fashionable, or it is simply a shibari with a high design... It is different from the "beauty of art" of rope installations that bind buildings and spaces, but is a "fashion that looks great on the runway." Incorporating the beauty of beauty. I hope you find it interesting to see what happens when I, who have properly mastered bondage techniques, use those techniques to pursue fashionable bondage beauty.

I have published several photo books so far. There are art books with different themes each time, such as books on Japanese bondage, books on modern art of bondage, and books that collect only rope marks (there are many more if you count them). I'm sure some of you may have thought, ``He's inconsistent.''

However, for me, bondage is like food.
Just like I want to change my meal menu, like curry yesterday and ramen today, I don't want to do the same thing every time.
Bamboo with Japanese shibari, cyber ropes that bind models in full-body tights with ropes that react to black light, and rope installations that bind and shape buildings and spaces...
These diverse styles were created as a result of pursuing "always different bindings."

When most people hear the word ``kinbaku,'' they imagine a woman wearing Japanese clothes tied up with raw ropes. Although it is difficult to generalize, it is true that bondage in BDSM scenes is often used to torment or defile the person being tied up.
However, my bond does not have such a fixed concept. First of all, there is art at the core, and I bind the models to make them look beautiful, and I enjoy the new binding that comes out of that.
This is like my way of life.

Enthusiasts often deny it, saying, ``It's not a bondage unless you tie it with a raw rope,'' or ``It's not a bondage unless it's a bond between people.'' However, such bondages are possible. I respect and love you.
But it's different when someone corrects you. There are no restrictions.
It's not just about binding. If, like me, you are being criticized for what you do, I would like to say, ``Don't worry about that.''

Although "bondage" and "freedom" are opposite words, I think they are actually side by side.
This is because I believe that a person who is tied down should feel a stronger sense of freedom when he or she is free than a free-spirited person who feels freedom.
After the rope was released, he looked very refreshed.

I think everyone is bound by something, such as work, family, time, and relationships. But if you think of that bondage as "the essence of feeling free," don't you feel very positive?

In ``Binbaku Bisou'', the models have various facial expressions, and the tied eyes I create are works that I created while enjoying the moment.
I hope that everyone can fully experience the freedom within their constraints.


Hajime Kinoko
Contemporary artist, bondage master, rope artist, photographer
Contemporary artist, Shibari master, Rope artist, photographer

He not only views bondage as erotic, but also excels in pop interpretations and sublimation into art, and is particularly praised for his unique work that binds nature (trees, rocks, etc.) and even space. In recent years, in addition to performances, he has also been actively presenting artwork using photographs and videos. Responsible for all tying, filming, and directing. In addition, they have held performances and workshops not only in Japan but also in over 20 major cities such as Paris, London, and Munich, and are highly recognized overseas. Japan's leading rope specialist.
Kinoko's works are evaluated not only as a form of eroticism but also a new conception of pop culture and art especially when it comes to his unique shibari that involves tying trees and rocks in the nature or even an empty room. In recent years, Kinoko has he devoted himself to creating artworks with filming and photographing beside stage performances. his artworks which he ties, shoots and directs are gaining recognition as “Art beyond Shibari” and are known both domestically and internationally through his workshops and showcases in major cities of over 20 countries such as Paris, London and Munich. Kinoko is the representative Shibari specialist of Japanese rope art.

<Hajime Kinoko's SNS>


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