lettera27 and Megumi Matsubara talk about the invisible

Megumi Matsubara, Untitled, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.31

There are encounters that “change our life” and encounters that “change our perception of the world”. And, hence, in a sense, change our life. To change the observation lens, to modify the gaze, to look from another angle. The more we are ready to open the gaze, to amplify the perception, the more receptive and attentive we are. We can flow like water and take shape of the container: be it a river or a glass. To encounter the artist Megumi Matsubara was that kind of experience. It wasn’t an accident, Missla Liebsekal from Another Africa suggested that we meet her in Milan, at Fonderia Battaglia. A magic place with a tangible physicality; an extraordinary artist that works with the invisible. When we close our eyes, what do we see?

This simple question, which sounds like an oxymoron, guided us in this conversation, which opened many other doors and enriched us profoundly. Missla, in her heart, knew it, but probably not even she could imagine how far it would have taken us… a true synesthetic experience. To touch, with one’s eyes, to believe.

“When we close our eyes, what do we see?”: a simple question posed by a Japanese artist opened a door to an exquisite dialogue upon language and its power to communicate. Another Africa invited Tania Gianesin and Elena Korzhenevich from the Italian foundation lettera27, together with Megumi Matsubara, an artist based between Morocco and Japan, to a roundtable following their encounter in Milan on the occasion of Matsubara’s solo show “A proposal for a textbook to learn Braille, English, and other languages”. Questioning the dichotomy between blindness and vision, the exhibition turned into a memorable departure point that expands ways of seeing.”

Get a nice cup of coffee, get cosy and continue to read on Another Africa.

Tania Gianesin, executive director and co-founder of