Screen Memories

2012 – 2015
photographic installation (projection photography, sound) [9'10"]




Screen Memories depicts a girl donning the Noh mask of a boy called Jyuroku (which means sixteen). She drifts along various military and nuclear power facilities throughout Japan while a narration of Atsumori’s fate from the Tale of the Heike is heard in the background. As I have encountered repeatedly at the time of gathering local information, such sights that a nuclear power plant like a spaceship or a hangar of warplanes suddenly appeared in a village surrounded by nature, are like a dream - peaceful but at the same time violent. The Noh mask of ‘Jyuroku’ features the face of a young warrior named Taira-no Atsumori who was killed at the age of sixteen. The girl wears the Noh mask of a warrior, defeated in a war, because there is a belief that not only can it represent a perspective of an anonymous world beyond time, space and gender, but also it can symbolically express the distorted post-war history of Japan.