A New Dawn
For the first time in about nine years, I returned to live in the place where I was born and raised. As I witnessed the daily life, the memories that I had accumulated since my childhood gradually came back to me. What I realized was that the place where I grew up was slowly but surely changing as depopulation continued. I asked myself, "What if the place where I grew up were to disappear?" "What if the place where I cultivated many memories consciously and unconsciously disappeared?" From the day I felt the "end", I decided to preserve my life in this beautiful but harsh snow country in photographs as a "drawer of memories".
Born in Niigata in 1991
Graduated from Niigata Prefectural University, Department of International Relations
Main research interests: Culture and Representation
Currently working mainly in photography and Japanese-English translation.
Judged by Tim Barber:
Inspired by the Grand Prix, Takahashi Miki’s work, I thought it would be fun and interesting to make a compilation of the widely diverse and eclectic work submitted for this contest. When edited and organized, the “memory” submissions, sent in from dozens of artists, become a kind of collective-memory-collage, a dream sequence of disparate clues from a kaleidoscopic narrative.
* This work was included in a curated collection of works selected by the judge Tim Barber from a number of submitted works. See the collection