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Daichi Koda

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2019Excellence Award

ARTIST STATEMENT

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This work deals with my ongoing themes of how people in society view things and objects and also the preservation of others through the creation of artwork. This work was put together as an extension of taking portraits of my mother, who passed away. The work's eventual form came about through an attempt to cultivate the two intentions above simultaneously.

Entries form: Sixteen prints (205 x 285 mm), pigment-ink prints on washi paper

Selecting judge: Mikiya Takimoto

The photographer, who had taken portraits of her mother, resumed taking photos after her mother's death using, as her motif, plants that her mother had once loved. It resembles typology in a way, but the work imparts a sense of life because the objects were taken as living things – as subjects in their own right – and not as specimens. The work was apparently inspired by the folding screen art of Kourin Ogata, but photographing the plants by physically thrusting them against a white background makes the photos look like portraits of a deceased person. When I stood in front of these photos, the ambiguity of the borderline between life and death coaxed me toward a mysterious sensation. The photos are a mingling of loneliness, grief, and other sentiments.

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PROFILE

Daichi Koda

1983Born in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture
2009 Honorable Mention Award at The Japan Society for Arts and History of Photography
2013 Photolucida Finalist at Photolucid's Critical Mass
2014 Shortlisted for the Unseen book Dummy Award
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2019Excellence Award

Daichi Koda

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