Pigxote is an exhibition of work by Harmony Korine that was hosted by The Fine Arts Gallery of Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee) during the period of January 8 - February 26, 2009. The exhibition, organised by Joseph Whitt and O'Salvation, is comprised of photographs taken by Korine in Tokyo in 2000. The work has been described by Korine as "an extreme devotion to nothing, really."
Korine explained the story behind the photographs in an interview with the The Tennessean that was published January 18, 2009:
It was when I was visiting Tokyo. I was staying in the Shibuya District. I had really gotten into eating a special kind of blowfish. I think at some point I had a reaction to the blowfish. I was staying in the hotel room for days on end. I was smoking this kind of amphetamine that was getting me excited about life. I was hanging out with these transvestite karaoke performers. We would just stay inside the hotel. I would take pictures off of these monitors that I had. At that point in my life, I had read all of these books on Pentecostal preachers and people who were building up tolerances to strychnine. I guess in that state, I had thought that I should start building up a tolerance to Clorox bleach. I'm not going to lie to you, that was a time in my life where I wasn't at my most mentally stable.The press release offered the following description:
"This exhibition will cull together a number of photographs from Korine’s private files in order to reveal a side of the artist’s creative process that remains largely unexamined. Depicting an unnamed, mysterious young girl moving through a televised landscape of shifting contexts, Pigxote further illustrates Korine’s interest in replacing plot lines and expected narrative tropes with intuitively arranged “experiential moments.” They also provide a unique insight into the poetic mind of Nashville’s most compelling prodigal son."
A companion book to the exhibition was was published by Nieves. For the release of the book, a special signed edition was sold that included an image from Pigxote with hand-drawn additions by Korine.