Sexuality, spirituality and surrender — rope artist Huahua reveals the nuances behind the art of shibari
Shanghai-based producer Yeihaiyahan, aka ChaCha, presents her new single ‘Lost Your Mind’ from a new album that is set to release next year, in which the artist draws on her dreams and nightmares. Accompanying the track is a film directed by Roni Shao, tracing the art and practice of rope artist Huahua, who reveals a delicate side of Shibari and the nuances to an art commonly misunderstood as a show of oppression, an act of violence, or an act of sheer sexual fetish.
“It’s not magic, it’s not crazy witchcraft — it’s just tapping into very basic and primal human instincts.”
“It’s true that it started out having very violent origins, as it was very much a way to restrain, and capture, and torture prisoners. But Japanese culture naturally has a lot of tying in it. If you look at the kimono, and if you look at how they tie bento boxes, it’s just kind of innate that these people would wanna develop it into an art form,” she says. “It’s not magic, it’s not crazy witchcraft — it’s just tapping into very basic and primal human instincts. But putting a discipline behind it, and having technique and having expression is what makes it really art.”
“It’s creating a space for you to surrender.”
“The more people practice it and the more people are open to it, you’ll see that it’s much more than sex. For the model, especially, it’s creating a space for you to surrender. It’s different to meditation in that way, because in meditation, you’re all by yourself. This is a partner job. It’s much easier to surrender to another thing — an other. Music, rope. Those two are probably the most powerful to me, that make me surrender. Drugs, a relationship. It’s much easier to give yourself to another.”