tokyo exhibition: Maki Kanai, Tadahiko Hayashi Award Secretariat, Etsuko
shunan exhibition: Tadahiko Hayashi Award Secretariat
Etsuko Kasagi's work collection "My Mother, the Stranger"
published by Creo Co., Ltd. in 2019 won the 29th Tadahiko Hayashi Award
in April 2020. However, due to the subsequent spread of the new coronavirus
infection, the award ceremony was canceled and the award exhibitions were
postponed for one year. This year, in the spring of 2021, the award-winning
exhibitions were held in Tokyo and Shunan, and I would like to report them
Kasagi's Message for Shunan Exhibition Opening
Video shooting: Etsuko Kasagi
Everyone, this is Etsuko Kasagi, a contemporary artist. I am very honored to receive the 2020 Tadahiko Hayashi Award. The exhibitions commemorating the award were postponed for one year due to the influence of the new coronavirus infection, but the Tokyo exhibition was held this April, and today we were able to welcome the opening of the Shunan exhibition. I and the members of Hayashi Award Secretariat have had a lot of trouble over the past year, but I am very happy to welcome you today. Although it was recorded at my home in Chiba, I would like to say a few words as the opening remarks.
For my work, many people think at first glance what this is, and that's how I worked. This is art using photographs. More to the point, this uses photographs to show my thoughts. This idea is the idea of conceptual art that I learned at New York University Graduate School in the United States 30 years ago. The professor who taught me said, "Humans have not only eyes but also brains, so make works that are interesting not only for eyes but also for brains."
What I wanted to show in this work was the fault between my mother's time and my time. Perhaps many people who see this work will sympathize with this "fault of time". From that fault, I think you can sympathize with your thoughts at your own time.
The scene in my head when I arrived at the current place with the family photo pasted on the old album, that could not be expressed in one photo. It could only be represented by photographic art. Despite the fact that the Tadahiko Hayashi Award is a photographic award, I am deeply moved by the recognition of such "art by photography" works. It can be said that the Tadahiko Hayashi Award itself is an award that is at the forefront of the times.
Then, everyone, please see "My Mother, the Stranger" at the Shunan City Museum of Art & History. At the Shunan exhibition, I exhibited 5 original prints as excerpts. Please enjoy the large work with a width of 5 meters.
Etsuko Kasagi's work collection "My Mother, the Stranger" published by Cleo Co., Ltd. in 2019 won the 29th Tadahiko Hayashi Award in April 2020.
□ Tadahiko Hayashi Award Homepage
After that, the new coronavirus infection spread, the award ceremony
was canceled, and the award exhibitions were postponed, but one year later,
in April 2021, the Tokyo Exhibition was held because it fortunately escaped
the expansion period of the new coronavirus infection and, as of May, the
Shunan Exhibition is being held in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Kasagi is very
happy to make an interim report here.
The 29th Tadahiko Hayashi Award Commemorative Photo Exhibitions
Etsuko Kasagi "My Mother, the Stranger"
□ Tokyo Exhibition -- Ended --
April 16th, 2021 → April 22nd
Fujifilm Photo Salon
Tokyo Midtown Fujifilm Square, 9-7-3 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
From 14:00 on the opening day, Kasagi performed a performance wearing her mother's kimono that she wore in her works.
□ Shunan Exhibition -- Ongoing --
May 14th (Fri), 2021 → May 23rd (Sun), 9:30-17:00, May 17th (Mon) Closed
～ In the birthplace of Tadahiko Hayashi ～ Shunan City Museum of Art & History
10-16 Hanabatake-cho, Shunan-shi, Yamaguchi Pref. TEL (0834) 22-8880
From 9:30 on the opening day, small opening ceremony was held and Kasagi's video message was shown after Mayor Fujii's greeting.
From 16:50 on the opening day, Kasagi appeared on Yamaguchi Broadcasting live program "Hot-blooded TV".
Kasagi participated in the Shunan exhibition remotely because she lives in Chiba City, a new coronavirus spread prevention area.
The schedule may change depending on the future situation, so please check the latest information on the Hayashi Award website.
□ Higashikawa Exhibition -- Scheduled to be held next year --
January 8th (Sat), 2022 → January 30th (Sun), 10:00-17:00, open throughout the session
Higashikawa Bunka Gallery, Higashikawa the Town of Photography
1-19-8 Higashi-machi, Higashikawa-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido TEL (0166) 82-4700
On May 20th, 2021, Kasagi writes.