The work images a story connected to memory. Memory is indescribable and the more one attempts to come nearby, the more it recedes like a water mirage. The scraps of paper in the film are Heinrich von Kleist‘s short story, The Earthquake in Chile. Yet the narration of the earthquake, supposedly the gist of the story, is surprisingly short. When it comes to disasters such as an earthquake or a pandemic, as important as they are, the more we put them into words, the more they make us realize how obsolete it is to reenact the event. The Earthquake in Chile seems thus to approach this indescribable theme through paradoxical depiction. “Lesedrama (Closet Drama)” is a play that is not intended to be performed on stage. The act of representing a memory perhaps resembles how one endeavor to play an indiscernible script/Lesedrama.
Born in 1973 in Chiba. Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2004. He has been working with painting, photography, video, and installation. Currently based in Hiroshima.
What do we see and why do we look away —
The pages are torn, yet are bound again. I am drawn to the protagonist in this closed room and his impercetible memory, something that is so internally tense.