Naho Matsuda – Run fast, bite hard

This exhibition shows a selection of recent works by Naho Matsuda that looks at our human relationship to domesticated species and explores representations of landscapes and maps.
During a residency at ARE between December 2020 and March 2021, Matsuda worked with a local group of guard dog trainers and developed ‘Good Boy’; a video work that explores the multiple layers of dog-human relationships. The work explores the dog as a protector, tool of violence, companion and ancestor of the feral wolf, questioning how we communicate with each other and what our relationships are built on.
The HO Cat prints examine the seemingly apolitical parallel life of the official Home Office Cat of the current British Government. Three new short video works explore connections between humans and animals, ‘nature-culture’ in various reconfigurations through visual communication and humorous connections.
run fast, bite hard is a slogan taken from Donna Haraway’s ‘companion species’ manifesto. A seminal text rethinking dog-human relationships from a feminist angle.

Opening: Friday 18 November, 17:00 – 19:00
Period: 19 – 27 November 2022

Open: Fri, Sat, Sun  13:00 – 17:00

About Naho Matsuda
Naho is a visual artist based in London, UK. In her work notions of language and knowledge transmission act as starting points to explore the boundaries of communication in order to construct alternative narratives and new modes of exchange. She is interested in the blurring of language and the technologies we use to communicate with. Naho repeats, estranges or collapses found text, anecdotes or metaphors to unravel new stories; stretching the legibility of gestures and signifiers. She works with installations, print, drawings and video works.
Naho has exhibited internationally and is a visiting lecturer at various London Universities.