noriko aoyama

NORIKO AOYAMA ⁄ 青山紀子

Profile

I became interested in the subconscious and women's issues from the conflicts I had with my parents and the harassment I received in society. By deconstructing and reconstructing various motifs and expressing them, I am trying to imagine the feelings of people living in an absurd world.
私は両親との葛藤や社会で受けたハラスメントから、無意識下にあるものや女性問題に関心を持つようになった。様々なモチーフを解体し再構成して表現することで、不条理な世界に生きる人の気持ちを想像しようとしている。
Activities
・2022 : FotoNostrum and Barcelona Foto Biennale
・2021 : selected as one of the 10 selected artists in the SNS project of the Brazilian photography media “FestFoto”
・2020 : Solo Exhibition_Gallery Storks in Tokyo
・2019 : Novosibirsk International Festival of Contemporary Photography in Russia
・2017,2018,2020,2021,2022_Samuraifoto Group Exhibition in Tokyo


Awards
“ My Mindfulness“_2021
・Editor’s Picks_LensCulture’s Critics’ Choice 2021
・Honorable Mentions/17th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards/PX3/IPA

“ My Mother’s Life : A Woman from the Showa Era“_2019~2020
・Critical Mass2020_Finalist Top 200
・Honorable Mentions/15th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards/PX3/IPA

“ Articulating the Subconscious Mind“_2019
・Honorable Mentions/15th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards/IPAs

Projects

Photographs, which have shifted from film to digital, have become a tool for me to embody the images in my head rather than a mirror reflecting reality. I use this tool to probe my subconscious, reexamining my past values in order to create new images. "Articulating the Subconscious Mind," and "My Mindfulness" were both born from this.
In “My Mother’s Life - A Woman from the Showa Era“ made standing face to face with my mom, I hint at the unreasonable circumstances that women find themselves in even today, drawing my eyes toward the dignity of a woman who lived in the Showa era.
Further, as I watch the daily media coverage of the war in Ukraine, I found the everyday people who live amidst wartime destruction overlapping in my mind with roadside flowers that seem like they could be trampled on so easily. I imagined the hardships of the people, and as a way to ensure they remain engraved in my memory, I created "Tiny Flowers" by combining pictures I drew with photographs of flowers.
フィルムからデジタルに移行した写真は、私にとって現実をリアルに写す鏡ではなく、頭の中のイメージを具現化するツールとなった。私はそのツールを使って自身の潜在意識を探り、過去の価値観を再検証して新たなイメージを作ってきた。そうして生まれたのが“Articulating the Subconscious Mind” であり「私のマインドフルネス」である。母と対峙して作った「昭和の女ー母の人生」では、戦後から今日に繋がる女性の理不尽な状況を示唆し、昭和という時代に生きた女性の尊厳に目を向けた。また、連日報道されるウクライナ戦争を目にするうちに、戦火に暮らす市井の人々と、いとも簡単に踏み潰されそうな路傍の花が私の中で重なっていった。私は人々の苦しみを想像し深く記憶に留めようと、自身の手で描いた絵と花の写真を組み合わせて「ちっぽけな花」を作った。

“ Tiny Flowers “ /「ちっぽけな花」(2022~ On-going)
We see footage of the horrors of the war in Ukraine almost everyday.
Before I knew it, I was drawing those same intense images with my own hands, and pairing them with flowers that had bloomed on the roadside in real life.
Tiny flowers that could be trampled so easily, and the sight of everyday people perishing on the battlefield - the two overlapped in my mind.
毎日のように流れてくるウクライナでの戦火の映像。気づくと私はそこから受け取った強烈なイメージを自らの手で描き、現実に咲く路傍の花を添えていた。いとも簡単に踏み潰されてしまいそうなちっぽけな花と、戦地で散った市井の人々の姿が私の中で重なった。

・Media Size : 483 x 329mm ( 19 x 13inch )
・Image size : 408~431 x 289mm ( 16~17 x 11.4inch )/ Edition:10
・Print media : INNOVA Fabriano Artistico Watercolour Rag
・Archival pigment print
・Number of worksː 6
・Project progressː Ongoing

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“ My Mindfulness“ / 「私のマンドフルネス」 (2020~2021)
It was the quote by psychologist Alfred Adler, “The most important question is not whence? but whither?" that gave me an epiphany and made me realize that I had been trapped by my own past. From then on, I let go of any attachment I had to the photographs I had taken in the past, and thus I made selections based solely on whether the composition or balance was interesting, combining them with the current photographs. Focusing on the "here and now" has allowed me to see, little by little, where I want to go.
心理学者アルフレッド・アドラーの「最も重要な問いは、どこからではなく、どこへである」という言葉にハッとさせたれた。私は過去に縛られていたと気づいたからだ。それから私は過去の自分の写真に対する一切の思い入れを捨て、構図やバランスの面白さだけに注目して選び、今の写真と組み合わせた。「今、ここ」だけに集中するとどこへ進みたいのかが少しずつ見えてきた。

・Media Size : 610x540mm (24x21.3inch), Image Size : 470x470mm (18.5x18.5inch) / Edition:5
・Media Size : 514x420mm (20.2x16.5inch), Image Size : 361x361mm (14.2x14.2inch) / Edition:10
・Print media:Japanese traditional paper (Bamboo Paper)
・Archival pigment print
・Number of worksː 15
・Project progressː Finished

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“ My Mother’s Life : A Woman from the Showa Era “ /「昭和の女 - 母の人生」 (2019)
My mother was born in 1932, during the Showa era. It was considered a virtue that the wives at that time should be obedient to the husbands. My father was authoritarian and tyrannical and my mother had obeyed him, like a slave. I had been looking down on her way of life. But seeing my mother taking care of my father devotedly until the day he died, my way of thinking about my mother’s life had changed. I think my mother just fulfilled her role as a woman in the Showa era. She might have struggled with my father’s tyranny and resigned herself to her fate. She had accepted everything and lived strongly. In my artworks, I want to express her inner fortitude as a woman living through the era of the Showa.
昭和7(1932)年生まれの母の時代、日本女性は夫に従順である事が美徳とされた。私は権威主義的で横暴な父に隷属する母を軽蔑していたが、父が亡くなるまで世話をする姿を見て、母はその時代の女性に課せられた役目を立派に果たしてきたと感じたのだ。苦しみや諦めの中にあった母の女性としての誇りを表現しようと試みた。

・Media Size: 420x594mm(16.5x23.4inch),image size:363x544mm(14.3x21.4inch) / Edition:10
・Media Size: 329x483mm(13x19inch),image size:289x432mm(11.4x17inch) / Edition:10
・Print media : Japanese traditional paper (Bamboo Paper)
・Archival pigment print
・Number of worksː 15
・Project progressː Finished

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”Articulating the Subconscious Mind” (2017-2018 )
I couldn't accept the idea of natural objects such as rocks, water and land. I have tried to discover what is hidden behind my subconscious mind by reconstructing what they really are. Some complicated feelings toward my parents, which I have never expressed in words before are reflected in my photographs and I realized those feelings had tormented me without knowing by myself. In order to relief myself from the negative feelings and regain the balance of life, I will confront the source of my unconscious mind.
私は自然の岩や水、大地といった概念を否定し、自分の中で再構築する事で無意識下にある物を探ろうとしている。両親に対する言葉にしてこなかった複雑な思いが写真に写り込んでいて、意識の外で自分を苦しめていたことに気がついたからだ。負の感情から解放され心の均衡を取り戻すために、私はこれからも無意識下にある物と対峙していく。

・Media Size: 420x594mm (16.5x23.4inch),image size:363x544mm (14.3x21.4inch) / Edition:10
・Media Size: 329x483mm (13x19inch),image size:289x432mm (11.4x17inch) / Edition:10
・Print media: Hahnemühle German Etching
・Archival pigment print
・Number of worksː 15
・Project progressː Finished

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