An artist goes where he finds an audience. That‘s why traveling is a constant companion in Jankowski‘s life. In Kyoto, Jankowski seized the opportunity and visited Aska, a Kinbaku mistress running her own erotic night club – “Barbara Club Bizarre“ – frequented mainly by Japanese businessmen.
Sensing a connection between the Japanese bondage tradition and the constraints of his life as a contemporary artist, he asked Aska to use her binding technique on him and his travel utensils. She accepted under the condition that Jankowski put on a western business suit like her customers, but not wear trowsers, reflecting the naked or seductively dressed women, who are usually bound in Kinbaku. Jankowski rose to the challenge and showed up to their “date” sporting a suit and slightly old fashioned white underpants provided by the mistress. Shortly after, he and his luggage hang upside down from the ceiling of Aska‘s establishment, rotating to soft, but festive piano music. The four photographs accompanying the project show Jankowski from four points of the compass.
Jankowski left the luggage that had accompanied him through the years of being a traveling artist with Aska and she rearranged the bags with their content spilled out into a new Kinbaku composition. The resulting sculpture was exhibited along the photographs at @KCUA in Kyoto.
4 photographs, archival inkjet print on baryta paper, each 200 x 147 cm
Video, 15:47 min, 16:9, color, sound, Japanese with English subtitles
Sculpture, various materials, ca. 150 x 150 x 200 cm