Emi Anrakuji is a Japanese artist and photographer.
From the biography on the artist's website : « She studied oil painting in Tokyo. Soon after her graduation, she was diagnosed with a cerebral tumor which caused a severe degradation of her eyesight. (...) In the course of a decade-long recovery, she discovered that a camera can be a replacement of her eyes and began teaching herself photography. Anrakuji's obsession with the human body is a result, in part, from her long periods spent in a hospital. »
She has published several books, including "e hagaki / One Picture Book #40" (Nazraeli Press, 2007), "Ipy" (Nazraeli Press, 2008), and "Balloon Position" (Akaaka, 2019).
© Self-portrait taken from an article on Medium / Exposure Magazine
Presentation by akaaka : " Emi Anrakuji's Balloon Position, through a Cyclopean gaze, literally the artist's vision, impaired by suffering a brain tumour, attempts to reconstruct the shattered self that was suspended between conflicting internal and external chaos. Life near death, eternal rainfall, the artist gives herself to the construction of a...