This special type of phone fraud is dubbed the “invisible crime”. The ringleaders are never caught, the evidence is dissolved, the “sons” disappear, the “mothers” are hidden, and the “bad guys” are sequestered.
The reasons why young people get involved in such crimes is brushed over with explanations like “self-responsibility” and “lack of effort”. Meanwhile, victims too are silenced — “you are also to blame for being cheated” — for reasons of self-responsibility and lack of attention. The question is who is doing this?
It is not only the scammers who are making these crimes invisible. The setting of this criminal drama has spread throughout society because these crimes are consumed as a narrative and are subsequently feared, resented, vindicated, and overlooked.
Book (192 x 260 x 50 mm, 523 pages)
The subject of this work are the unfortunately common phone scams in which criminals pretend to be a relative in distress. The artist has managed to create book on the topic with the scale of a blockbuster movie. The world he creates has depth and complexity, and its uniqueness piques the viewer's imagination. To be more precise, the work leaves its interpretation to the viewer's imagination, placing a basic tenet of artwork in clearly tangible form.
Even though the cases presented are non-fiction, fiction and non-fiction are entangled through the multifaceted use of photographs of various layers (dimensions). The work underscores the inherent nature of photography: that photographs take their meaning from the context in which they are placed. It playfully and boldly mixes together some truth, which is the essence of photography, and some fiction, the flipside of truth. This same essence comes through as the work documents its subject, the malicious and pathological crimes of Japanese society. The sheer volume of this book, which is so large that your hands get tired from turning the pages, is incredibly persuasive, which is fitting for a production of this scale.
It will not be easy to display the full arc of the book's content on a single wall.
The artist will have to experiment freely with various possibilities to find a way to exhibit the work so that it maintains its impact while conveying its message clearly to viewers.
|1982||Born in Shiga Prefecture and later graduated from Osaka University|
|2016||Works collected for the Young Portfolio program by the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts|
|2017||Received the Grand Prize in the Photography category at the 16th 1_WALL Graphics Competition|
|2018||Invited artist at the Breda Photo Festival|
|2019||Short-listed for the Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award Arles|
|2019||Received the Best New Photographer Award at the 8th Dali International Photography Exhibition|
|2021||Selected as one of 20 artists in Ones to Watch 2021 by the British Journal of Photography|