Risograph Exhibition: ”Don’t Pay for Me”

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"Don't Pay for Me" is a risograph exhibition of 30 artists both Japanese and from abroad. As we increasingly see content through screens, we want to question the value of physically interacting with artwork. With the exhibition concept "Don't Pay for Me", we aim to recall experiences of injustice or imbalance of equality, and begin a conversation from here among us.

Sat, August 22, 2020 – Sat, September 12, 2020  UTC+09:00

Sat, September 12, 2020 – Sun, September 27, 2020  UTC+09:00

8.22-9.12: FabCafe Tokyo(Shibuya) / 9.12-27: SARUYA HOSTEL(Fujiyoshida)




Risograph Exhibition:“Don’t Pay for Me”

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has pushed everything online, and that shift has not excluded the art scene. 

Many museums have closed, and over the last few months, online exhibitions have been held in cities around Japan and worldwide, bringing pieces to viewers through a screen. While accessibility has been established with increased convenience, the loss of what can only be communicated through experiencing the art begs the question: What is the value of physically interacting with artwork?

In light of Black Lives Matter, the racialized structures of systematic violence is finally surfacing into public consciousness. As instances of being harmed or causing harm through one’s position of privilege and situations where privately held stereotypes are causing division are being voiced en masse, these issues are percolating to the top. In times like these, having empathy and kindness for others has never been more important. 

From these two issues, FabCafe has chosen to curate an exhibition of risographs, a medium that is best appreciated when touched and observed with one’s own eyes, and the theme is “Don’t Pay for Me”. FabCafe, while being a space for digital fabrications and creative craftsmanship, also serves as a cafe, and we believe that expressing and exploring our multifaceted society in this welcoming and public space can be meaningful. In a museum environment, it’s easy to tense up and pose, but here at this exhibition, we wish that you feel the immediacy that the arts and culture was meant to stand for.  

This exhibition will also be held at SARUYA HOSTEL, a space established with the concept “Creative Vacation, Local Inspiration.” SARUYA HOSTEL is located in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi. (2 hours by train from Tokyo)


Please, take a moment and imagine going out for a meal with a friend or a partner.

You both laugh and talk about what happened a few days ago, you listen to them talk about their crazy battle last night with a cockroach, and after much laughter in a stomach stuffed with delicious food, it’s time for the check. 

You search your pockets for your wallet, and at the same time, they reach for their bag.  


Wait, who’s paying? 



This exhibition, “Don’t Pay for Me” is a collaborative project by thirty artists focusing on the preconceptions and stereotypes that lurk in their everyday conversations. Each artist brings their own unique background to their work, and their daily experiences and feelings about equality and inequality will be explored by thirty perspectives and thirty styles. For who, and why do we pay? Could some of our everyday words and acts of kindness have effects more serious than we imagine?


The synergy of risograph, a pop yet retro artform, and our individual morals and societal beliefs–when these two meet, can we accept the void between what we see and what we do not? The most important purpose of this exhibition is to arouse/provoke each viewer, like the vibrant colors of the risograph, to recall/recollect a personal experience when you felt an injustice or imbalance of equality and begin a new conversation.

Designed by DOSO Co., Ltd.

Aug 22-31: Printing Workshop at FabCafe Tokyo

Sept 01-08:  1st Exhibition at FabCafe Tokyo
Sept 12-27:  2nd Exhibition at SARUYA HOSTEL

  • FabCafe Tokyo

    〒150-0043 1-22-7 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo


    〒403-0004 3-6-26 Yoshida, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi

Established in 2015, SARUYA HOSTEL opened its hostel business in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi on Honcho Street. By renovating an unused traditional house for the purpose of revitalizing the local community of Fujiyoshida, a city known for its view of the Mt. Fuji, they currently own two buildings with a total of seven rooms in use. With the concept of “Creative Vacation, Local Inspiration,” SARUYA HOSTEL consistently strives to be a space for creative ideation. They are currently in preparation to launch “FabCafe Fuji.”

SARUYA ARTIST in RESIDENCE started in 2017 with the aim to create a community for creative activities “made in Fujiyoshi,” not only from the metropolitan cities of Japan. Currently about 30 artists including artists, designers, composers, performance artists, and writers have participated in their artist residence.

Organized by: FabCafe Tokyo, DOSO Co., Ltd.

Exhibition Curator: Tsuyoshi Yagi
Exhibition Director: Rinako Sonobe

Special Thanks to,
Artist Coordinator: Minako Nojima
Concept Translation: H. Ueda


Date & Time

Sat, August 22, 2020 – Sat, September 12, 2020 UTC+09:00
Sat, September 12, 2020 – Sun, September 27, 2020 UTC+09:00


8.22-9.12: FabCafe Tokyo(Shibuya) / 9.12-27: SARUYA HOSTEL(Fujiyoshida)



Organizers & Sponsors

協力: 理想科学工業株式会社
共同開催: DOSO Co., Ltd.


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