Video/Installation: Before the 37 Trillion Pieces Get to Sleep
Tari Ito is a feminist performance artist who lives in Tokyo, Japan. Seven years ago, Ito was initially diagnosed in 2014 with a neurologic disease called SMA. But in October 2019, it was announced that, as a result of genetic testing, she now has ALS. The disease initially progressed rapidly and as a result she has become confined to a wheelchair. Ito has had to necessarily review the creative expectations she has of her own body. After a four year break from performance, Ito took part in LIVE Performance Art Biennale 2019 with the North American premiere of Before the 37 Trillion Pieces Get to Sleep, a new project which addresses the crucial reality, and the inhabitants fear, of the “invisible” presence of residual radiation in Fukushima following the March 11, 2011 nuclear disaster. This 2019 performance marked Ito’s return to the Western Front three decades after her first performance in 1990. The Window Box Gallery exhibit marks a similar span of time as she returns likewise to Toronto with this exhibit/video.