‘A Strange Christmas’ at BELOWGROUND

This holiday season, Japanese artist Ken Kagami presents a Christmas-themed art installation created exclusively for BELOWGROUND. Known for his satirical take on contemporary culture, Kagami brings his singular point of view to traditional festivities, inviting people to discover the joys of the season through his world of humour. 

“For BELOWGROUND, my art creation made me realize that Christmas has a lot of different characters, ones that exist in religion but also created in pop culture. For example, the female Father Christmas, the reindeer or mistletoe,” explains the artist. 

Inverting typical tropes and presenting an off-kilter approach to saccharine niceties, Kagami sets the scene with cartoon illustrations of a female Santa Claus, beaming Christmas trees, angry elves and sad snowmen, accompanied by humorous slogans such as “my sack is full” and “no money inside”. 

As an extension of his own interests across fashion and design, an exclusive line of merchandise featuring Kagami’s graphics will be available to purchase during the exhibition period. A range of apparel, including long sleeve t-shirts and baseball caps, showcase the artist’s witty insignia, along with a curation of festive objects such as Christmas cards, tote bags, playing cards and candles, for a new take on holiday gifting.

In addition, a candle is released in collaboration with Japanese fragrance brand retaW. Featuring crisp aromas of mint and citrus, the scent is designed as a soothing and energising backdrop for this special time of year. 

“A Strange Christmas” at BELOWGROUND
Now open until 31 December 2022
Open Daily 11 AM – 7 PM

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