The dimly lit passageway to the Museum of Sex’s newest exhibit, The Incomplete Araki: Sex, Life, and Death in the Works of Nobuyoshi Araki (on view until August 31), is currently covered in 8,000 feet of hemp rope.
The stunning, web-like structure is the product of famed Shibari rope bondage instructor and social practice artist Midori, who spent three days creating what she calls a “garden path” inspired by humble country homes in her native Japan. Her installation, aptly titled Passage, is brimming with hidden cultural symbolism—both mystical and spiritual—and is a richly immersive precursor to the 150 prints, 500 Polaroids, and more than 400 books on prolific and controversial Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki that are on display on the second and third floors of the MoSex.
Though Midori hasn’t personally met Araki, his work in documenting Japanese eroticism and bondage through the lens of fine art has heavily influenced her. “There’s a part of him that’s childlike and playful, almost like a naughty child,” Midori said at the unveiling of her installation last night. “His work comes from a place of inventiveness and curiosity—and he’s not afraid to be a little rude. He’s not precious with what he shows, but his composition is really beautiful. It’s really human.”