Teiji Hayama is at Unit London


Teiji Hayama is at Unit London – 16 January – 15 February

FAME. Teiji Hayama is at Unit London. © Teiji Hayama

This January, Teiji Hayama is at Unit London for his first solo show at the gallery. FAME is here in all its twisted, grey-scale glory, forcing us to meditate on what it means to interact with the notion of celebrity in a digital age.

The majority of Hayama’s subjects have been plucked from the silver screen, they depict the elongated, amorphous figures of some of America’s most iconic stars. The detachment in their gaze belies a purgatorial exhaustion, as if continuing to exist in the digital, retweeted realm after death is considerably taxing.

However, FAME is not just about celebrity, it’s about how all of us interact with fame and what fame is in a contemporary setting. With the emergence of wide scale social media interaction, the prophetic Warhol adage that “in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes” looks increasingly apt. Hayama’s work is about the exhaustion felt by us all as we carefully curate our digital personas, waiting for our brief twirl on the spotlit dancefloor of FAME.

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