Ghost Self
Utusshi-mi


2014
video installation (1’30” extract from single channel video [7'30"] and 2’29” extract from single channel video [13'25"], HD, color, sound) , chromogenic colour print, Japanese blade knife



Ghost Self was inspired by the Abe Sada Incident, a bizarre murder which happened in 1936. The Abe Sada Incident involved a 32 year-old housemaid named Abe Sada strangling her extramarital lover, severing his penis, and carrying it on her person. At the time, the bizarreness of the incident became a media sensation, and so this day it is one of the most remembered murders from the Showa period. In the 1939s when the incident occurred; the Great Kanto Earthquake had occurred, the Peace Preservation law was enacted, Japan began its period of militarization, there was historic snowfall in Tokyo, the Tokyo Olympic were on the horizon, the winter Olympic was held in Germany, and the February 26 national incident occurred. Through this situation was in a different era, the events of recent years overlap in many ways, as the great east Japan earthquake struck, the special secrecy law was enacted, a militaristic atmosphere hangs in the air with historic snow fallen in Tokyo.
The photographs show the year of this incident with images from other incidents in 1936 and contemporary incidents that became social sensations, along with a severed penis. This penis in the photograph is modelled after the penis of a real, human male in order to replicate the actual act committed by Abe Sada.