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Yes, This Dog And Master Are 'Wearing' Each Other's Hair

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The Japanese artist Aki Inomata takes human/animal relations to new heights in her latest video installation. Titled "I Wear the Dog's Hair, and the Dog Wears My Hair," the project is self-explanatory.

The artist collected large bundles of her own hair, as well as that of her pet dog's. She hand-wove the strands into two coats, one per donor. That way, she can "wear" her dog's fur, and vice versa.


Copyright Aki Inomata.


Copyright Aki Inomata.


Copyright Aki Inomata.

In a statement to DesignBoom, Inomata framed the project as a way to grapple with conflicted feelings over owning a fellow living creature:

"The concept of my works is to get people to perceive the modes of life of various living creatures by experiencing a kind of empathy towards them."

Don't judge a dog until you've walked a mile in his fur, people. The exhibit is currently running at the Hagisa Gallery, billed as Tokyo's "smallest cultural institution."


Copyright Aki Inomata.

Installation view from "I Wear the Dog's Hair, and the Dog Wears My Hair" at HAGISO from Aki Inomata on Vimeo.

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