What is so special about the beauty of ‘Akoya pearls’ cultivated in Omura-bay in Nagasaki, Japan? Is that really different from Dutch/European beauty?
Japanese aesthetics are deeply related to nature. In this nature and context, cultured pearls are first produced in Japan. The ancient people thanked and revered the ocean. The relationship between human and pearls suggests the coexistence of new forms of nature and humans. In a way there might be a large divergence from the idea underlying the Dutch who conquered nature and made nature natural.
In the research in Nagasaki in May 2019, together with the Acoya project curator, Chitose Ochi and the community of Omura-bay, I rediscover hidden stories and tales. I transform those tales and shared knowledge about Nature and life into my original work. The result will be exhibited at Hokyuann & Sorisso Riso at Omura-bay, Nagasaki Prefectural Museum and IMA gallery in Tokyo in November 2019.
Photography: Junya Igarashi
The project is supported by C&, Hokyuann, Sorisso Riso, Nagasaki Prefectural Museum, IMA gallery & amana.inc, Nagasaki Bus, Pearl industry Nagasaki, Dutch Creative Industry Fund and Dutch Embassy in Tokyo.