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TANA Gallery Bookshelf
Founded in 2010, in a bookshelf of Bigakko, an old indendent art school known for dialogue-centered alternative art education since its inception in 1969, in Kanda, Tokyo, TANA Gallery Bookshelf collaborates with artists to present site-specific exhibitions in its 85x30x15 centimeter space and projects in other venues. Situated along the only corridor in the building, it appears as a semi-public space facing random people passing there with varying attention.

Initially conceived as a micro-architectural answer to French philosopher Henri Lefebvre's idea that "new social relations demand a new space, and vice-versa," the modest-sized shelf offers a node to improvise social fabric interwoven with artists, visitors and any linkable elements, through intimate encounter with the exhibition that changes its shape each time along with the exhibiting artist.

The mission of TANA Gallery Bookshelf is to provide a site for art not distorted by two major demands in Tokyo, namely, plausible marketism (whose existence is quite questionable compared with that of small-circle favorism) and, more importantly, art-critic functionalism that rushes to capture diversity and indeterminacy of ongoing activities and (mis)represent them into determined tendencies.

The gallery space is often described "small" (or, counterfactually, "smallest in Tokyo"), but the spatial limitaion is not to appeal to novelty. Neither does it suppose an alternative to the conventional white cube gallery space. Rather in a "just" size, the gallery is designed to expose static and ephemeral spatial conditions, which are given everywhere but loosely disregarded, and for artists to revisit their own creative identity and distil it into an exhibition with its unusual, still coherent output.

- The exhibition venue is usually unmanned, just on display in the school building during its opening hours. If you want attendance of the exhibiting artist or our gallery staff, please join the opening reception or related events, or contact us in advance.

M. Tamura (director)
M. Kaido (photographer)

TANA Gallery Bookshelf
Chiyoda, Kanda Jinbocho, 2 Chome-20, Daini Fuji Building