This project began when I became captivated with the Terada family, who reside in Takatsuki, a city in Osaka Prefecture, after I had a chance to hear some intriguing family tales from the second oldest daughter, Shuko, an artist in her own right. For example, her father, Toshio, swats mosquitoes each summer in front of the entranceway and in the yard of their home. Over the last three years he has been keeping count of how many mosquitoes he kills each day and graphing the results. His memo pad is tightly packed with strokes for each kill, and the current tally is 4,033 mosquitoes. Her grandfather Shinichi, on the other hand, made small curios and objects without any particular form or shape. When he completed a few, he would give them to the family, but apparently no one other than Shuko would take them. I was graciously allowed to photograph these creations and other objects preserved in the family's home.
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The creator of this work got to know and became interested in the Terada family by coincidence. He pieced together this work from an archive of photos taken over the period of a year of memo pads, notes, curios, and other objects created or kept by the family. Some of these things you would find in any household, and others have no connection to the world. Truly marvelous worldviews and images appear in fact to be asleep in the home. The work powerfully reflects the memories and energy of a family collection, though it seems that the family members themselves do not appear in the animation. The work has the explosiveness of a kaleidoscope and appeals to our memories. I felt like I went on an unusual form of adventure, through photography, through the dusty inner depths of a family. This work left a deep impression on me.
1978 Born in Osaka Prefecture
I create photographic and other works on the happenings in the lives of people close to me.
In my endeavors, I focus on how people carry on their lives and the course of their lives. I'm interested in where the limits of personal matters begin and end.
I'm a member of the Auto-community Archivists, together with the photographers Kenichi Amano and Daisuke Yokoyama and others.