The Japanese saying mizu ni nagasu [literally “let the water carry it away”] means to forget past troubles as if they never happened. Some aspects of the history between Japan and Singapore, however, cannot be easily washed away — an idea that can be summed up as “forgive, but never forget”.
The photographs appearing in this work were taken at locations connected to the history between Japan and Singapore. I took a shower with each of the prints and washed some of the ink away. I then recorded on video the process of recalling what had been in those areas of the photographs where the ink was peeled off.
Photographs can be evidence of the past, but lack of evidence does not erase the truth. Unfortunately, in the absence of evidence, we often forget the truth or overwrite it.
Entries form: Video (21:17)
My eyes were riveted on the photos being rinsed away in the shower, an act that made me ponder the memory and materiality of photographs. During the meandering narrative and performance, we become indifferent and detached from the images on the photographs. The photographs were turned back into bare white photographic paper, leaving only a dim afterimage in one’s mind. The work’s treatment of photographs was refreshingly new. The artist’s absolute lack of hesitation was startling, and the video immediately gripped and astounded me.
|1995||Born in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture|
|2018||Graduated from the Department of Visual Media, School of Media and Design, Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences|
|2020||Completed a degree course at the Graduate School of Media and Design, Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences|