I remember a scene, once upon a time, when I was a little girl holding my mother’s hand. And I imagine a day when I was a young boy wearing a hat with a starry pattern.

While I was reaching for the memory of those days when I was an old man, my body suddenly became a hat. After becoming a hat flying in the sky, I started yearning to be a shoe hugging the ground.

After becoming the shoe, I passed through the smile of a girl, and, finally arriving at some person's shredded back, I remember.

I used to be father, a mother, an aged man, I used to be immature, pretty, ugly, I used to be a sibling, a friend, a lover, someone else, a boy, a girl, I used to laugh, to cry, I used to be happy and angry.

As I close my eyes, in the darkness, all these people are drifting. On the surface of the silent jet black film, my body drifts inside them; and their bodies keep drifting too, inside me.

One day, you will have a dream of meeting me, and I a dream of meeting you.
Like an illusion, you may be able to hear the images collected in the darkness of my camera obscura, in the hubbub of the street.

ーNaohiro Harada

Artist Profile

Naohiro HARADA

Born in 1982 in Tokyo, Harada graduated from the Art and Architecture School of Waseda University in 2010. He held his first solo exhibition “Drifting” at Nikon Salon in Shinjuku and Osaka in 2011, and participated in “Group Exhibition vol.2 HAKKA” at BankART Studio NYK, Yokohama in 2014, and in the same year held his solo exhibition “Drifting” at Zen Foto Gallery. A photobook of the work was also published by Zen Foto Gallery under the same title. In 2016, he had a joint exhibition with Andile Buka at Totodo, Tokyo titled “Remixing Ground”. After publishing a photobook of his colour work “The Third Room” in 2018 with Zen Foto Gallery, exhibitions of the work were held at the gallery and Umeda Tsutaya Books. His work “Tokyo Fishgraphs | 2020”, created during the coronavirus pandemic, received the Libraryman Award in 2022 and a book was published by Libraryman under the same title. Harada is currently based in Tokyo.

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