Forgive Me For I Am Not Gentle

Forgive Me For I Am Not Gentle
Ina Hagen & Daisuke Kosugi
19 February – 19 March 2016
Curated by Alejandra Salinas and Aeron Bergman
2 West Roy St. Seattle, WA, 98110
Uptown (Lower Queen Anne)
Exhibition: 19 February – 19 March 2016
Opening: 19 February 7:30-9:30pm
Opening hours: Wednesday-Saturday 4-8pm


How does visual culture define the available expressions we draw from when pronouncing our gender identity? Artists Kosugi and Hagen are carried away with the wonderful energy and creativity springing from the fearless individuals who are redefining what gender means, looks and feels like. For INCA, the duo have produced a new installation following their ongoing exploration of contemporary gender expressions.

What is presented stems form a place of excitement and confusion, attraction and self-doubt in equal measures, coming to terms with double standards.

Special thanks to:
Jan Elisabeth Lindvik, Leader of FTPN (the Norwegian Association of Transgenders), for her political actions in Norway, and Junko Mitsuhashi, for rewriting the history of trans culture in Japan.

Although Hagen and Kosugi’s practices have often overlapped, INCA is proud to host their first solo exhibition as a duo.

Ina Hagen (Norway, 1989) lives and works in Oslo, Norway, where she studied at the Academy of Fine Art. Central to her work is a circulation of images and information related to identity, gender, and the role of the artist. She involves herself in other artist’s projects to explore artistic agency in positions located somewhere between that of a collaborator, assistant, host or consultant. She has presented work at Kurant, Tromsø; Tidens Krav, Oslo; and Freiraum quartier21, Museums Quartier, Vienna, among other institutions.

Daisuke Kosugi (Tokyo, 1984) lives and works in Oslo. He studied Law and Political science in Rikkyo University, Tokyo and worked as a risk consultant in an insurance company in Japan for several years. As his first artistic distraction, he quit everything and moved to Oslo where he graduated from the Academy of Fine Art in Oslo. Regulations as social and political pressure are recurring topics of investigation in his practice. He uses various media, including installation, performance, film, fashion and club events, where he actively involves other artists and cultural producers in his projects. Solo exhibitions include Podium, Oslo. Upcoming participation includes Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen and the 2016 Gwangju Biennale.

This exhibition is supported by Office for Contemporary Art Norway.