“Fact is transposed to fiction, fiction is transposed to fact.” This seemingly paradoxical logic represents my vision. I believe that fiction is the first step to the truth hidden in reality and allows emotions and actions we cannot put into words to emerge in an allegorical way. I aspire to convey a poetic approach in my work, using metaphors and parables, to create a juxtaposition of humour and seriousness. I aim to reveal the something that we cannot explain using language.
Additionally, I explore the potential for art to contribute to social betterment. I am interested in the themes of cultural identity and collective identity. How is identity made? Does nation, blood, language, religion, family, or education decide identity? Through carrying out cultural research from an anthropological view, I aim to respond to this question through my artworks.
My practice centers around observations and engagements with human beings and everyday life. I aim to roll the camera as an eye to convey moments, events and mythological elements.
Feeling somewhat like an outsider for the past few years has led to my interest in others. Others’ memories, time, futures, or voices inspire my video works. Over the past few years, I have focused on exploring the connection between art itself, human beings and social practice. In my videos, performances or audio installations, works often involve a commissioned participant or myself, these happenings are recorded in films, sounds and other means of documentation such as text.
(Single channel Ver.)
HD Video, Color, Sound
The Ballad of You and Yours.
HD Video, Two SW/LW Radios, Mixed media
3min 44sec Loop
Constellation 89th, 90th, and 91st.
HD Video 7min 25sec
The time knock at me
30 May - 1 June 2014
Video Installation, 6min 27sec
Old VHS video, Mixed media
Hundred Years Gallery, London (UK)
Performance, HD video
© narutamao 2018