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Defying Expectations: A Conversation with Momoyo Torimitsu
by Kay Itoi

Momoyo Torimitsu says that she is a bit tired of being remembered for Jiro Miyata (1994), a life-sized robot she based on a middle-aged salaryman. But who could forget? Miyata, which Torimitsu had crawl around the streets of Tokyo, Paris, New York, and other cities, brilliantly embodied a hard-working, misunderstood, badly dressed everyman of the post-bubble era of Japan.

Somehow I don’t feel comfortable, 2000. Inflatable balloon, 5 meters high. Photo: Galerie Xippas, Paris/ Dikou collection

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