Creations From the Obscure

A portrait of insuppressible genius

Art brut, or outsider art, expresses the impulses of its creators free of influence from mainstream art, trends, or education. Created solely by the insuppressible genius of the artists, the works of art project an overwhelming aura. In October 2017, a large-scale exhibition featuring 42 Japanese artists was held in Nantes, France. What is it about this art form that stirs people so powerfully, transcending language and nationality? This program is a quiet document of the artists and their daily rituals. It seeks to answer key questions, such as what is art and what it is to live.