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Silent voice

“Don’t treat food poorly,” or “leaving food uneaten is wasteful.” These are words that are commonly spoken to children by adults at the dining table, the same that were spoken to this artist as a Japanese child. But are these words truly so … In this modern age, while Japan is among the lowest-ranked developed nations in terms of food self-sufficiency, it is also among the world’s leaders in terms of producing food waste volume per person. The artist lent an ear to hear the voices of the lives of food that were sacrificed for the sake of products that went uneaten and wasted in Japan–due to having elapsed past their expiration dates, or perhaps because they were thrown out since they weren’t the right color or shape. This project involves the placing of toy eyes upon the subjects (items of food waste) to transform them into characters–an effort to visualize the lives which vanish in the process of discarding food.

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a layer

I didn’t get any slight interest in plants, but why was I so attracted to THIS plant…?
Recalling back in the day when I saw this for the first time, I felt something creepy but comfortable about its leafstalk with dark green and white lines, and its rosette pattern with leaves spreading in order. I also got interested that each plant showed different appearances, although they were the same species. Those were the reasons why I started taking photos of this plant. As I continued photoshooting, I learned that this plant is called “century plant,” which grows over several decades, and when its life almost comes to the end, it blooms, bears fruits, and dies. Above all, I was fascinated by the beauty of such a way of life. Now I think it was lucky to encounter this plant Agave victoriae-reginae and witness its blooming in 2017.

This piece “a layer” captures subtle differences in individual characteristics of this plant, and the process from its flowering to withering. Through the photographs, I depicted the plants’ individual characteristics, presence, and their attitude of living calmly and dignifiedly. I thought it would be possible to bring them out by controlling the light and fitting each plant alike into one square frame. Native to Mexico, this plant is now designated as endangered in the Washington Convention (CITES), and its international trade is regulated. There are few cases of its flowering in Japan; When I encountered such a rare opportunity, I became eager to capture every moment of this plant through photography, while it gradually changed its appearance toward flowering.

Their strength to live with all the power they have in the environment they were placed. And purity and fragility of connecting their own lives to the next generation, returning to the soil in hope of future prosperity.
When I think about the way they live, I felt that they tried their best to live in the present, while accepting their lives connected from the past generations. The birth of a new life of this plant also implies its death in the near future; It showed me that all the living things are alive, always facing the fact that everyone will have to go sooner or later. Not using any words, the plants showed me those fates.

Through the plant’s way of life until its death, I witnessed the fundamental activity of life; It made me ask myself and think about my own way of life as a living thing in the present.

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Withering…

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共生 -Tomoiki-

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Formed objects

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