Townships were created for the blacks and separated from white residential areas by buffers. The denial of common rights produced a dual city and a dual nation, diverse urban worlds existing side by side in the same geographical space. Intermingling was rendered impossible by a whole administrative apparatus of laws, prohibitions and punishments.
Family albums had become a standard in a process of portraying a family and the creation of a collective memory. Things as a birthday cake, children taking a bath or a family trip have become a portrait of the normal memory. Sometimes we don’t even remember the occasion but we can relive it by looking at the picture and assuming we remember the memory it represents.
My images are about souvenirs or memories of certain places or actions. I think of them as visual echoes. There is something very intimate and familiar about these images but it is not shown overtly. It is alluded to in ways that makes the viewer start thinking of what it could be. I wish to trigger this mechanism in a visual art form.
The artist Mayumi Hosokura is re-visiting Taipei in Jan for her new works, and we've arrange a book signing event during her stay. For the event, we've invited the founder of Shimokitazawa Books to start a casual conversation on photography, hot pots, books, Tokyo city and Taipei city with the artist.
After graduating from the Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Visual Arts she studied fine art at the Academy of Pekka Halonen and the Muurla Institute in Finland experimenting with different materials and techniques. Currently she is studying photography at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. She uses staged photography to explore themes such as relationships and femininity in our society.
"My work is conjunction between Israel and America. It focuses on similarities and differences between two different cultures and sets of geographical locations seen through a perspective of an “Americanized Israeli”. The body of work combines photographs of landscapes, still lifes and scaled models of Israel and America. "