Biography

BuBu de la Madeleine was born in 1961 in Osaka. Lives and works in Nara. Completed her BA in Concept and Media Planning at Kyoto City University of Arts. BuBu joined an artist collective, Dumb Type and appeared in their acclaimed performance "S/N" (1994-96). After "S/N", she started to work as a solo artist and collaboratively, producing performances, moving images and writing. At the same time, she committed herself to advocacy for people living with HIV and AIDS, sex workers, women, sexual minorities, and health and human rights more broadly. Also, she has performed in a drag queen show since that time.

 

Major solo exhibitions include "La Dolce Vita", Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo (2001) and "Territory of Mermaid", Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo (2004) and "A Mermaid’s Territory - Flags and Internal Organs", Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo (2022). She also participated in many group exhibitions such as "Made in Occupied Japan" (a corroboration exhibition with Yoshiko Shimada), Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo (1997), "Donai yanen! = And now: contemporary creation in Japan", Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Paris (1998), "Sex and Consumerism: Contemporary Art in Japan", University of Brighton, Brighton (2001), "The Ecology of Expression: Remaking Our Relations with the world", Arts Maebashi, Maebashi (2019-20) and "JAPAN UNLIMITED", frei_raum Q21 exhibition space, MuseumsQuartier Wien, Vienna (2019).

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