Kusama – Infinity
The life and work of Yayoi Kusama. Documentary by Heather Lenz. Released on September 18, 2019.
Kusama: Infinity is an ode to the challenging journey of the woman who has become today the most recognized female artist in the world. Fleeing her conservative upbringing in a small Japanese village, traumatized by a dysfunctional family and the horrors of World War II, Yayoi joined the United States in 1957. Foreign, unknown and unattached, she invests herself body and soul in the expression of a creativity that has long been limited by her family. Weighing nothing in a world of art in the hands of a few barons, she overcomes prejudices one by one: racism, sexism, stigmatization of mental illness and, soon, the difficulties related to her age. This extraordinary combination of determination and creativity made it one of the greatest rivals since the 1960s, even shading the very bankable Andy Warhol! Always surprising, Yayoi has chosen to live in a psychiatric institute since 1977 and, now over 90 years old, continues to create on a daily basis.
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