Incipient Strangers (*signed*)

@ Fujii, Yoshikatsu

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Artist statement :

"Siblings can be incipient strangers. Even siblings sharing the same blood can become distant and turn into strangers to each other as they each grow and forge their own path in life. Sometimes, we fail to hit it off with friends and eventually lose touch. But with family, no matter how brittle the relationship, it cannot be severed. This makes things even more difficult. With family, we take liberties to say harsh words and give unwanted advice. With family, we have the sense that our actions will mostly be permitted, and we end up creating an irreparable rift. Had this accretion of incidents caused my parents’ divorce? Since coming to see things that way, I decided to try looking at my family as strangers. That meant not standing on formality, but taking pains to consider the other party and work around their needs. If my family were total strangers to me, how would they react if I did such and such? I asked myself these questions and endeavored to avoid unnecessary meddling. In my honest experience, this approach does not feel as if one is truly valuing the other’s existence, and there was something unpleasantly awkward about it. However, the process made me realize that everyone in a family has the same internal conflicts and faces each other with this set of contradictions. This struggle creates each person’s image of what that family is. It was through this process that I at last began to see, for the first time, something like the start of our family. "

After Red String in 2014, Yoshikatsu Fujii continues working on his relationship to his family and his divorced parents. This project Incipient Strangers contains new works visualizing the complicated relationships in his family and his conflicted feelings about it..

This book was produced over a limited period of time (March 7th to April 5th, 2015) during a residencey at Reminders Photography Stronghold in Tokyo.

A large-format book (30 x 42 cm), unbound, entirely handmade by the artist.

The images are all on double-spreads, and it is necessary to remove the center pages to see each photography as a whole. Also, the cover is "pre-cut" and allows you to "separate" the family members (see illustrations in the photo carrousel).


88 pages - Unbound softcover

Self-published, 2015

*Signed*

New - Condition : see note above

Fujii, Yoshikatsu

Yoshikatsu Fujii , born and raised in Hiroshima City. Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University of Arts with BA in Art Film. He began photography work in Tokyo in 2006. His photographic works often deal with historical themes and memory lingering on in contemporary events. Photo: ©Yoshikatsu Fujii, profile pic on phmuseum.com
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