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–Sane 2020

C-print on laid paper, with lettering embossing
21 x 30 cm

The photo series -Sane, (–さんへ) consists of reprinted digital-analog photos on laid paper embossed with the Japanese alphabet letters. The embossing letters provide a message of friendship beyond age disparity, nationality, or language. A memory can be recalled by a stimulus, for instance, a change of season, the scent of a breeze, or the sound of waves. Even in Vienna, the stimulation exists for indulging in the reminiscences of Japan. Photos evoke remembrance, and at the same time, they also anticipate the steadfastness of 2009 in Tokyo. However, after ten years, everything began to change: friends, villages, homes, and stores, and the transition of time to sorrow and unfamiliarity. This photo series evokes memories of the diaspora by using an official letterhead form that is returned to the sender because of an unknown address.

This project is supported by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna (MA7).