GALLERY

Karen Sato

“ dappigara ”

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2010Grand Prize

ARTIST STATEMENT

dappigara

I don't know what it is to "be myself." Every single day I do the same things, in the same places, and I grow older.
I feel like each time I do this, something important is scraped away.
Sometimes I get frightened when I think about what remains.
Self-portraits are usually photographs of yourself, but if I can't sense myself from a photograph of myself, that can't be called a self-portrait.
It may be a way to show that I existed, but it is too absurd.

So how can I prove myself? How can I communicate myself to myself?
I think the answer to this can be found in my mind.

"dappigara" is my self-portrait.

Entries form: Book, 279mm x 356mm, 30 pages, color printing paper

Selecting judge: Minoru Shimizu

The artist wrote "hikikomori (social withdrawal)" as the work's intention. I think this withdrawn sensitivity, this gloominess, is very raw in the pieces. I felt a sense of love and hate-especially hate-towards things that are recorded, whether they are photographs, videos or photocopies. In our society full of copies, there is a sense of despair in the insignificance of one's existence. For example, the artist took a photograph, and then made it one step cheaper by photocopying it. The emptiness of our society in which one cannot feel one's existence-. I felt them to be genuinely bleak photographs.

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PROFILE

Karen Sato

2011 New Cosmos of Photography 2011 “Memento mori” exhibition of new works by Karen Sato, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
2012 “cage” exhibition of new works by Karen Sato, E&C gallery, Fukui, Japan
New Cosmos of Photography 2012 “Memento mori” exhibition of new works by Karen Sato, sendai mediatheque, Sendai, Japan
New Cosmos of Photography 2012 “Memento mori” exhibition of new works by Karen Sato, ARTCOURT gallery, Osaka, Japan
2016 “I” Kanzan Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011 The 3rd International Art Photography Festival IN FOCUS 2011, “internalized” exhibition, Vilnius Graphic Art Centre gallery, Vilnius, Republic of Lithuania
2012 “SHOWCASE#1 curated by minoru shimizu” exhibition, eNarts, Kyoto, Japan
2013 “SPACE CADET Actual Exhibition #2” TURNER GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
2014 “Souzo Kaigan Inage” exhibition, Chiba Citizens's Gallery Inage, Chiba, Japan
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2010Grand Prize

Karen Sato

dappigara

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