「360°の迂回」（2020, 広島市現代美術館 / 広島）
「Identity XV -curated by Meruro Washida-」
（2019, nichido contemporary art / 東京）
撮影：岡野 圭 / photo by Kei Okano
About Gesture of Rally series
We often tend to try to talk about subjects which appear on photographs; the meat I had last night, cousins living in Tokyo, this is the sea in Setouchi area…It’s difficult to see a photograph itself as it’s closely attached to its subject. A photograph proves that things photographed definitely used to exist in the past. Hence subjects surely have to be something real. Although it is known to everybody nowadays it’s possible to transform an image by manipulating, I decided to embrace completely the attribute of photographs as above and started an experiment below. By pointing an unknown object in a photograph which is in a secondhand book, I set up a question “What is this?”. I gather information and surmise it in order to spot the object which cannot be identified though must have surely existed. By searching the time and place it’s taken, I observe the colour and shape of “it”, and search something similar. However, no matter how much information is piled up, I never get the answer after all. What comes out here is a question to the question.
What is “THIS”?
What is ”WHAT IS THIS”?
What is a photograph?
It’s not that there are countless possibilities of the answer to a question, but plural answers included in a question. The moment I realise that, the question and the answer go around. Beside my behaviour of trying to unravel “what”, I gaze ahead of “this” as pointing at it , and chew the question over and over again.