BABU is a street writer, skateboarder, and contemporary artist living in Kitakyushu. GOSH! is a video work released in 2016 that captures BABU skating in the town of Futaba in Fukushima Prefecture, which is located right next to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and still designated as a “Difficult-To-Return Zone.” Here, BABU, who suffered a massive stroke in 2018, exhibits a group of works that he created on his path to recovery despite severe complications. His large wall installation comprises drawings, photographs, and objects that show the powerful expression that emerges from the intersection of life and death, of freedom and incapacitation.
Born in Kitakyushu, BABU is a street writer, skateboarder, and contemporary artist. He has created street art all across Japan and abroad and is highly regarded for his boundary-crossing work that spans a variety of media, including film, painting, drawing, sculpture, and tattoo art, all based on street culture. His collages, made of skateboards, scrap wood, garbage, and discarded paintings, as well as his video works, are created with a unique sensibility that he has honed through his travels. In recent years, he has also engaged in contemporary art, with his works being shown at the Tokyo University of the Arts, the EAST-EAST exhibition (Dubai), the Ishinomaki Reborn-Art Festival, B GALLERY at BEAMS (Tokyo), the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo), the VOCA Exhibition (Tokyo), and GALLERY SOAP (Kitakyushu), among others.