THE SUICIDE BOOM - KENJI CHIGA
Exhibitions, 5 - 31 August 2019
HIN BUS DEPOT
31A, Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 George Town,Penang
The Suicide Boom is a visual story on suicide, which is a regular occurrence in Japan, compiling perspectives from psychiatric, psychological, anthropological, and other sources. In facing this sensitive theme, the artist considered the danger of relying solely on his own thoughts and imagination. So, he read academic papers, interviewed friends and summarised the texts from his research instead of relying on quotes alone. From this, he produced this work on the pretext that suicide is the subject of an enormous amount of attention as a story to be consumed in novels, comics, movies etc, while being a taboo subject of conversation in Japan. The artist aims to show how visual expressions, Information, news report, and stories affect suicide, while trying to express how insidious and invisible the risk of suicide is. This project is ultimately a musing on how easily we are influenced by other people.
Born in 1982, in Shiga Prefecture. Kenji is a Japanese photographer based in Tokyo. He graduated from Osaka University majoring engineering science. After graduation, he moved to Tokyo to work as an assistant to a fashion photographer. Subsequently, he has not received conventional photographic education but participated in various workshops and learned how to create visual stories with a documentary touch, and had subsequently made a photobook. Shortlisted for the Kassel Dummy Award were his works “happn” and “Bird, Night, and then”. Some of his works are permanently stored by Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts. His work, "The Suicide Boom" was exhibited at Breda Photo Festival and Reminders Photography Stronghold.
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