The Vipers Film, 1955 is part of the Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival. The Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival is a pioneering showcase of avant-garde and experimental cinema in Turkey. Their goal is to bring the best in contemporary experimental cinema from around the world to live audiences in Istanbul. In 1955 Tajiri made his first film, The Vipers, on a 16 mm Kodak. He wanted to do a short semi-documentary on cannabis and hashish, which in 1955 were still relatively unknown to the public at large. ‘I wanted to make a short documentary-style film about marijuana and hashish, psychoactive drugs that in 1955 were still relatively unknown to the general public.
The Vipers film, made in 1955 in Paris, is now part of a smaller exhibition in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam on the 3rd floor. The exhibition commemorates the Jazz era in the fifties and includes photos, various works, the Vipers film and two sculptures by Tajiri. Made In USA, 1964 collection: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Lament For Lady, 1953 (a dedication to Billie Holiday) collection: private