本展全体に対する「越境する祝福」というタイトルは、出品作でもある《Blessing beyond the borders》（2019年制作）から名付けている。この大型インスタレーション作品では、過去に鎖国状態を経験した日本とルーマニアという遠く離れた2つの国の、土着の祭りや風習の映し出す景色が、二重螺旋状に空間に浮かび上がる。そしてそれらは、触れ合わずとも重なり合いながら旋回を続け、新しい光景を描き出す。また、作品空間に響き渡るこれまで訪れた土地の音に、今回の展覧会に合わせて、会場であり作者の出身地でもある埼玉県の土地の音を新たに組み込む。
もう１つの出品作の《骨を、うめる－one's final home》（2019年制作）では、「土地と人の結びつき」というテーマから発展した「人はどこに自分の骨をうめるのか」という問いから、人々の中に眠る「帰属意識」に焦点を当てている。2019年ベトナムにて、江戸時代に鎖国政策に翻弄されながら異国の地で永い眠りについた、ある1人の日本人の墓と出会った。墓は、日本の方角の北東10度に向けて建てられている。また墓の主は、鎖国政策によりベトナムのフィアンセとの仲を引き裂かれたものの、海を越えて会いに行く姿が言い伝えとして残されている。1つの墓の存在から、国策や、時に人々を隔てる国という境界を越えていく個人の想いについて考えさせられる。また本展では、墓の主の生まれた土地とされる長崎県で行った、国際結婚の歴史調査に基づく新作の発表も予定している。
現在進行形の世界的な鎖国状態の中で、改めて対岸を想うことを問う作品として、2015年から世界各地の海辺で展開しているシリーズの《The backside over there》を展示する。海の写真を貼りこんだ壁状のこの作品では、海の持つ人々の移動を「阻む」側面と、潮流や浜への打ち上げによって出会うはずのなかったものを「つなぐ」という両面性を表している。鑑賞者が壁の前で写真を撮ると、実際に遠い土地の海辺で撮られた景色と同じ所に立っているように、空間的差異を越えてイメージ上でつながるような経験が生まれる。
The title of "Blessing to cross the border" for the entire exhibition is named after the exhibited work "Blessing beyond the borders" (produced in 2019). In this large-scale installation work, the scenery of indigenous festivals and customs of two distant countries, Japan and Romania, which have experienced isolation in the past, emerge in a double helix. And they continue to turn while overlapping without touching, creating a new scene. In addition, the sound of the land in Saitama Prefecture, which is the venue and the birthplace of the author, will be newly incorporated into the sound of the land that has been visited so far.
In another exhibited work, "one's final home" (produced in 2019), the question "Where do people fill their bones?", Which evolved from the theme of "connection between land and people". And It focuses on the "sense of belonging" that is unknowingly for people. In 2019, I met a Japanese man who died in Vietnam , for a long time while being at the mercy of the isolation policy during the Edo period. The tomb is facing 10 degrees northeast to Japan. In addition, although the owner of the tomb was torn apart from the Vietnamese fiance due to the seclusion policy, and they met but they were able to meet at Vietnam. The existence of a single grave makes us think about national policy and the feelings of individuals who sometimes cross the boundaries of a country that separates people. In addition, this exhibition is also planning to present a new work based on a historical survey of an international marriage conducted in Nagasaki Prefecture, which is said to be the land where the Japanese lord was born.
The important theme of this exhibition is the one that creates a gap and the one that goes beyond it, in which can be seen from "Sakoku and International Marriage", which can symbolized by these two installation works. On this theme, a pandemic like COVID-19 occurred while exploring the appearance of "cross-border blessing". At the same time, the "isolated country" that was faced as a past event will occur as a reality.
With the ongoing global isolation of the country, the series of "The backside over there", which has been developed at seasides around the world since 2015, will be exhibited as a work that asks to think about the opposite bank. This wall-shaped work with a photo of the sea shows that the two sides of "blocking" the movement of people in the sea and "connecting" things which should have not been encountered due to tides or launches out to the beach. When a viewer takes a picture in front of a wall, he or she creates an experience that transcends spatial differences and connects in an image, as if standing in the same place as the scenery taken at the beach in a distant land.
While this exhibition was forced to postpone, what is the "cross-border blessing" that can be seen from the current situation? From invisible fear to discrimination, to the problems due to social and international differences, same with the rich and the poor, and the movements of a divisions that form walls that are emerging more visible than ever. Now is the time to stop and think again. In today's world of once-in-a-lifetime challenges, we take the time to tackle these issues. People go beyond the interests and conflicts that arises between countries and communities. There is a possibility that a "cross-border blessing" will come, where we can share our joy.
Japan and Romania are my mother country. I gathered photographs of people who do not know names.
"Breathing" visualized by a sewn plastic bag represents a component that goes between itself and others.
People who do not know the face living far away, people who died already, hate people, dear friends, The possibility that a component that was part of it will become a part of you by the present breath is not 0%.
This work is a new work of "Outline to flicker" series produced in 2015.
A boy playing with a tricycle, a bride, a mother, a child, a father ,People who live in different lands and different ethnic groups. Some kinds of common things emerge there.
Over time, when vinyl decays,
The dotted line of the sewing mark remains in the photograph.