ASAKO TAKAHASHI (DIPLOMA)
AKADEMIE DER BILDENDEN KUNSTE MUNCHEN
The subject of my work is identity. Identity has two important aspects: individual ‘personality’ and group ‘nationality’. I express ‘personality’ by recording daily life via photography. Photos primarily function as an external memory. I use my own photo archive and impersonalise it by concealing elements that identify individuals. If you remove the personal, what does the remaining image say? To impersonalise them, I use techniques and patterns according to Japanese traditional craft, leading to the second aspect of identity – ‘nationality’. In Japan, where I grew up, aesthetic conventions are derived from craft. It was natural for me to use Japanese decorative patterns when thinking about nationality. This work is an expression of both my personal story and a mirror reflecting my environment.