Good evening everyone. Thank you very much for your invitation here, also the kind introduction. I’m Atsushi Shiomi, the chief director of NPO-KIRINYA (a giraffe lodge in English).
I was asked to talk about“Art made by people with handicap〔handicapped people〕” from my old friend Mr. Sakane, about seven months before. This kind of art has been generally called ‘Art Brute’ or ‘Outsider Art’. I believe this topic is suitable for me to explain as ‘I’m walking closely with people with handicap in creating something’. Of course, it doesn’t matter whether the works are generally called art or not, it is exactly the important matter for them to express or open their mind.
I would like mainly to talk about our gallery KRINYA as far as possible, and to refer to ‘Art Brut’ itself a little. 〔Photo 1: a gate and a doorway〕