The series Tokyo Monogatari explores the resonance between everyday rituals in contemporary Tokyo and cultural tropes drawn the historical manga sketches of Hokusai. The exaggeration of bodily shapes in some of these images can also be found in the movements of the performers in Noh and Kabuki theater and the ‘hidden’ puppeteers of Bunraku. The synthesis of daily life and traditional cultural heritage becomes a performative playground.
This project was made possible by Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan and The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.
Tokyo Monogatari is awarded with the 2nd Prize, Conceptual Photography, Viewbook Photostory 2009, Viewbook.com and the Award of Excellence 2009, 50th Annual Photography Exhibition, Communication Arts, United States of America.