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Image from the film Kusama: Infinity (2018)

Kusama: Infinity

  • Event
  • Collaboration
  • Contemporary Art

Online on ARTS.FILM

September 1, 2022 at 00h01 to September 30, 2022 at 23h59 (EST)
Available in Canada only


Online Screening

In collaboration, the PHI Foundation and FIFA (International Festival of Films on Art) present Kusama: Infinity (2018), a documentary on the life and work of artist Yayoi Kusama. The film will be available to stream for one month free of charge on ARTS.FILM, the online art film platform launched by FIFA.

Kusama was born into a conservative family in rural Japan and moved to America after World War II. There, with no connections and speaking only broken English, she devoted herself to her one true love, making art. On her first day in New York, Kusama said she climbed to the top of the Empire State Building, stared down on the city and made a decision to stand out from everyone she saw below and become a star. Now 80 years old, Kusama has spent the last 30 years in a mental institution in Japan. Kusama: Infinity explores the journey of artist Yayoi Kusama, from her conservative upbringing in Japan, to the beginnings of her stardom in the United States in the 1960s (where she competed with Andy Warhol for press attention), to the international acclaim she eventually gained in the art world.

Kusama: Infinity
Directed by Heather Lenz
United States, 2018
1 h 16 min
English, Japanese
English subtitles


International Festival of Films on Art
Founded by René Rozon, The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) is dedicated to the international promotion and distribution of films on art and media arts. For nearly 4 decades, it has presented an annual event in March, which allows discovery of the latest documentaries on art. With its various activities all through the year, FIFA is committed to increasing the knowledge and appreciation of art among the public, promoting the work of artists in the fields of cinema, video and visual arts, and also encouraging the production and diffusion of art films.

In 2021, le FIFA launched ARTS.FILM, a virtual art center that makes films about art available across Canada, anytime, year-round.

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