霧を縫う Sew the Haze

2022 Installation

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古来より人間は異種の生き物と生活を共にしてきた。それらは共に生きることでお互いの命を繋いでいく存在であった。

現代では失われた「養蚕」は日本の近代化を支えた重要な産業である。人々はその虫を「オコサマ」と呼び、各家庭で大切に育てた。大量の虫を育て、家の中で共に暮らす生活とは一体どのようなものだっただろうか。本作は作者の祖母の幼少期の記憶「糸を吐くおばあさん」を軸に、作家がその記憶を再現した映像、高祖母が作った着物、作家自身が育てた繭、生糸を使ったインスタレーションで構成される。失われてしまった生活と、感覚を作品を通して浮かび上がらせ、今後の関係の可能性を模索する。

Since ancient times, humans have shared their lives with different species of living things. By living together, they were the link to each other's lives.

Sericulture, which has been lost in modern times, was an important industry that supported Japan's modernization. People called the insects " Okosama," and each family raised them with great care. What was it like to raise a large number of insects and live together in the same house? This work, "Sew the Haze" is centered on the artist's grandmother's childhood memory of an "grandmother spitting threads," and consists of a video in which the artist recreates that memory, a kimono made by her great-great-grandmother, cocoons grown by the artist herself, and an installation made of raw silk. The work brings to light lost lives and sensations, and explores the possibilities of future relationships.