Maya Man
Secrets From a Girl
July 1–10, 2022
Opening Friday, July 1st, 6–8 PM

SOOT Gallery
6-3-7 Minami Aoyama, 3F
Minato Tokyo 107-0062

Secrets From a Girl presents a collection of Maya Man’s generative, browser based work focusing on identity, femininity, and the internet.

The exhibition highlights social media’s role in encouraging the curation and cultivation of an aspirational self. Working primarily with custom software, Man comments on internet culture by algorithmically remixing and collaging it into her own websites as art objects.

The pieces FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT and 𝓡𝓮𝓪𝓭 𝓲𝓽 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓦𝓮𝓮𝓹 both appropriate text fragments found on social media, directing viewers’ attention toward the circulation of language within online platforms. Other works insert the image of the artist herself, always augmented or manipulated by digital filters and tools.

Coaxing the gallery into a space reminiscent of her old bedroom, Man employs DIY aesthetics to develop an aura of intimacy and vulnerability. The bedroom acts as a “backstage” to where reality is performed. There, one spends time alone: scrolling, consuming, praying that someone on their small screen can tell them how to “be themselves” the right way.

With Secrets From a Girl, Man holds up a mirror to both ourselves and our social media feeds, revealing the inextricable link between what we believe and what we consume.


この度SOOTでは、Maya Manによる個展Secrets From a Girlを開催いたします。本展覧会では、アイデンティティ、女性らしさ、インターネットに焦点を当てた、ジェネレーティブ、ブラウザベースで制作されたMaya Man作品のコレクションを紹介致します。


『FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT』『𝓡𝓮𝓪𝓭 𝓲𝓽 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓦𝓮𝓮𝓹』は、ソーシャルメディア上にあるテキストの断片を使用し、オンラインプラットフォームにおける言語の流通に鑑賞者の注意を向けさせることを意図しています。その他の作品では、常にデジタルフィルターやツールによって補強・操作された作家自身の画像が使用されています。



『Secrets From a Girl』で、Manは現実世界とソーシャルメディア上の私たちを映し出し、信じるものと消費するものの間にある表裏一体の関係を明らかにします。

SOOT Gallery website
Maya’s website
Maya’s instagram

Original visual for the Los Angeles show, presented April 19–21, 2022 at the Broad Art Center at UCLA.