Ryo Kusumoto Photography

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comming soon "連師子/Renjishi"

初のアーティストブック「連師子/Renjishi」として現在製作中です。2018年中には皆様のお手元に届けられるように製作をすすめていますので、是非、完成の折にはお手にとっていただけたら嬉しいです。


It's currently under construction as my first artist book "連師子/Renjishi". I am promoting production to be started ordering/delivering to everyone's hand in 2018. So I am pleased if you can check it on completion.

(本の概要)
これは、国内外で異例の活躍をしつつも、突如姿を消した日本舞踊家の生涯を追いかけた、愛情、存在証明、伝承の物語です。

近代の日本舞踊の盛衰を背景に、著名さ=価値、伝統という言葉への無条件な憧れ、それらと相反し劇場へは足を運ばない無関心さが、もはや世代を問わず深刻な矛盾として存在します。

やまとふみこさんは、戦後舞踊界が最も栄えた時代の最前線を牽引し、77歳になった現在も舞い続けている最後の舞踊家です。女性であることも、尊敬される流派も、表舞台での活躍すらも、全てを捨てた道程は、厳格で保守的な日本人舞踊家と大きく異なります。

この本は、彼女の人生を舞踊の演目「連獅子」に例えて構成しています。
「連獅子」は中国の「親獅子は子獅子を谷底へ突き落とし、たくましく崖を駆け上がってくるのか見守る」という伝説に密接に関わりがあります。これが日本で能や歌舞伎など独自に進化し、親子の慈愛や強さの象徴として日本舞踊にも残っています。

他者に何かを託す際、自分自身の中にある「価値があるもの」を探すために、少なからず自己肯定的に記憶を解釈します。また相手側も、全てを漏らさず受け取ることは不可能です。この相互にある曖昧さと不思議さの上で芸の伝承がなされていることを、視覚的に表現するため、本作では過去の写真などの事実の断片のほか、事実に基づき新たに撮影した写真、レプリカなどをシームレスに用いています。

(Summary of the Book)
This is a story of affection, existential proof, and tradition that followed the life of a Japanese dancer who disappeared suddenly although had been special active both at home and abroad.

Based on the rise and fall of modern Japanese traditional dance, people changed to think “the popularity= value”, and Unconditionally praise the word "tradition". On the other hand, "indifference" never take us to the theater. It's a serious contradiction regardless of generations.

Fumiko Yamato is the last traditional dancer who had leaded the forefront of the era when the postwar dance world prospered. She keeps dancing even now as she is 77.

She left a reputable company, one that was respected by name. She abandoned the life of a traditional woman; one of marriage, childbirth. She retired from dancing in the theater in the show "This is an art." These are very different from a strict and conservative Japanese dancer.

This book is composed of her life compared to the dance performance "Renjishi". It connected with a legend in China, "Lion pierces child to the bottom of the valley and grows only the strong child lion who climbed by oneself". In Japan, it has been transformed as unique culture to Noh, Kabuki and Japanese dance. The affectionate of parents and children and the severity that paves the way are expressed.

When passing something to others, in order to find "valuable things" in themselves, we interpret memory a little in self-positive manner. Also, it's impossible for the other side to receive everything without leaking it.

In this work, in order to seamlessly visually express what tradition of art/life is done with mutual ambiguity and wonder, I used a fragment of the fact such as a photograph of the past, documentary newly shot based on the fact, replicas etc..

Unseen Dummy Award 2018 Shortlist nominated

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Image: Shortlisted dummy books, 2018 © Unseen




新作“連師子”の写真集ダミーブックが、Unseen Dummy Awardにてショートリストの一冊に選出されました。
これにより、この本は9月の下旬からオランダのアムステルダムで開催されるUnseen Photo Fairの会場で展示されることになりました。長い試行錯誤が続ている本作ですが、審査にあたって細部にわたる意図を読み解くように丁寧に見ていただき、こうして評価していただけたことは非常に励みになります。タイトルは日本語表記なので、目立ちますね。




My latest dummy book "Renjishi" was selected as one of the short lists at the Unseen Dummy Award.
This book will be exhibited at the venue of Unseen Photo Fair to be held in Amsterdam. It took a long time to repeat the trial and error. I am very thankful that they had read carefully to understand the intention included in the details of the work. And I was very encouraged to be evaluated at this timing. Thank you very much.

Unseen Amsterdam 21–23 sept 2018

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next exhibition @ Kudoyama Art week

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Introduced by culture magazine Voice “Showcase”

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article about my work “Another Renjishi". ASAHI CAMERA magazine.

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Interviewed by “CAPA” magazine

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Interviewed by “70 Seeds” web magazine

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Talk Event in mirage Gallery on Nov. 24th

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Interviewed by “Tokushima News Paper”

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article about the awards ceremony on "digital camera watch".

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