Contemporary Art Factory / Tokyo
Galerie Lichtblick / Cologne, Germany
Voices from Japan / CBK / Leiden, Netherland
The portraits of my mother and father look like a fashion photography.
Those pictures captured my parents in a fictional atmosphere that is far from their reality.
In contrast to those fashionable photos, I extracted old images from my family's photo albums and manipulated them to create the photographic furniture as my art pieces.
These old photos were taken in the 1960s and 1970s and were the most lively years for my family and household.
On the floor, a round shaped mirror is rotating slowly and calmly moved by the electric motor. This depicts the stream of time.
However, the reflected images in the mirror never move so that people won't be aware that mirror is rotating.
The movement of the mirror represents our lifetime that goes away every moment without being realized.
In another room, the floor is covered with many bed-mattresses.
On the wall, there are some snapshots of my father taken in the1960s-70s.
American brass march music is played in the room. Visitors are allowed to enjoy the freedom of jumping on those bed-mattresses.
In the 1960s-70s, Japanese met the rapid economic growth in the postwar period.
People began enjoying Western styles that were mainly imported from the USA.
Japanese typical family-life resembled a coloring of cheap imitations; influenced by Western culture, yet it actually was our happy memories for the 60s-70s.