Utaki resides in a concocted game that presides over it and opens spaces so that one can always imagine other things in an open field. It recreates and confronts models, suggesting to us that tradition is something invented. The work challenges the very notion of tradition, highlighting the performative character of human existence, as the artist produces and updates his own rites of passage. Utaki urges us to look at our own identity issues, recognitions, and estrangements which, from within our particular traditions, places, rituals and habits, do not cease to move and refresh themselves.
Ricardo Tokugawa was born in Brazil and he is a grandson of immigrants from Okinawa.
In photography, he investigates the family, home and the relationship between these two concepts. In 2021 he published his first photobook, Utaki.