Contemporary Art Factory / Tokyo
Galerie Lichtblick / Cologne, Germany
Voices from Japan / CBK / Leiden, Netherland
My parents' portraits look like fashion photos from a magazine.
They draw a fictional atmosphere that is different from their daily life.
In contrast with it, I re-created old photographs from our family albums into furniture - like art pieces.
Images of them were taken in the 1960s and 70s. They reflect the most active days of my parents and our family.
On the floor, a round shaped mirror is turning slowly and calmly moved by an electric motor. It depicts the flow of time.
However, reflected image in the mirror never moves; therefore, people cannot notice the mirror is turning.
That is just like a time of our life that we are spending in every moment.
In another space of the exhibition, the floor is covered with many bed-mattresses.
On the wall, there are some snapshots of my father taken in the1960s-70s.
The music being played in the space is American brass march.
Visitors can enjoy jumping on the bed- mattresses freely.
In Japan, the 1960s-70s were the time of rapid economic growth in the post World War II.
People began enjoying Western styles that are mainly imported from the USA.
Japanese typical family-life looked like being colored by cheap imitations of Western culture, yet it actually is our happy memories in the 60s.