noriko aoyama

NORIKO AOYAMA ⁄ 青山紀子

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I am trying to explore my subconscious and visualize it. This is because I was able to be healed and take a positive attitude by doing so. I have lived in the world of commercial photography for a long time, but for the rest of my days, I would like to look at and express the difficulty of being alive and the darkness of the heart that we all experience.
Exhibition history
・2017-2018: Participated in the SAMURAI FOTO group exhibition
・2018: Participated in Portfolio Reviews at FOTOFEST international (Houston)
・2018: The "Articulating the Subconscious Mind" project won Honorable Mention in the Professional Division at the 2018 International Photography Awards
・2019: Participated in the NOVOSIBIRSK INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY in Russia

私は自身の潜在意識を探りそれを視覚化しようとしている。そうすることで癒され前を向くことができたからだ。長らく商業写真の世界で生きてきたが、残りの人生を誰でも抱えている心の闇や生きづらさに目を向け、表現していきたい。
活動履歴
・2017年及び2018年 SAMURAI FOTO グループ展 に 参加
・2018年 FOTOFEST international (Houston) のPortfolio Reviewsに参加
・2018年 プロジェクト“Articulating the Subconscious Mind ”が International Photography Awards2018のプロフェッショナル部門において Honorable Mention 受賞
・2019年 ロシア ノボシビルスク国際コンテンポラリー写真祭に参加

Projects

Since I was young, I was haunted by negative emotions like loneliness and emptiness. On one hand, I wanted to escape these dark emotions, but on the other hand, I feared discovering the truth about the depths of my heart in order to find the cause. Because I enjoy rock climbing, I ventured into nature many times. During one of these instances, I began to take photographs that cut out a portion of the scenery instead of capturing the scenery itself. Then, I noticed that the existence of the lump that produces these dark emotions had been captured. “Articulating the Subconscious Mind ” is a confrontation of what lies in the subconscious. Through "My Mother's Life : A Woman from the Showa Era," I visualized the process of my disdain for my mother turning into respect as I produced my works. I continue production with the desire of liberating the minds of people like me.

私は幼い頃から孤独感や虚無感といったネガティブな感情に襲われてきた。その暗い感情から逃れたい一方で、その原因を探るために心の奥底をつまびらかにすることを恐れていた。岩登りを好む私は何度も大自然に足を運んだ。あるときからそこで風景ではなくその一部を切り取った写真を撮るようになった。すると、そこに黒い感情を生む塊の正体が写っていた。そうして無意識下にあるものと対峙したのが“Articulating the Subconscious Mind ”である。「昭和の女ー母の人生」では作品を制作するにつれ、母への軽蔑が尊敬に変わっていった過程を視覚化した。私のような誰かの心をも解放したいと製作を続けている。

My Mother’s Life : A Woman from the Showa Era- (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.
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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
・Media: Japanese traditional handmade paper (Washi)
・Number of worksː 15
・Project progressː Ongoing

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Articulating the Subconscious Mind (2017- )
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
・Number of worksː 15
・Project progressː Ongoing

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