Dorota Stolarska, http://dorotastolarska.paspartout.com gave a conference, last year and made a publication concerning archive photo practice of Indre Serpytyte and I . She kindly sent me the photographs. Dorota is a photographer and a researcher ( PHD candidate) and she wrote this text because she uses also archive photographs in her works. I can not read the text as it is in Polish but I did appreciate her selection of works. Thank you Dorota! And Cecile Laly for her interview with me that is also used in her text.
My name has never been Margot. Margot sounds like a 180 degree different name from who I am. Perhaps if I was Chinese, my parents could have named me, Michelle, Mary-Jane, Micky, Monster, Mascot etc. Andrew and I decided to make this also because of this reason, evidently it was also easy for him to use me as I was around but also because it felt so oddly misfit . Probably the band crushed by pimps had the person in the mind. Caucasian, long hair, slim, middle class and little snobby. This is all the reason to make this instant home video. As the song is ironic, it was needed for us to make it little comical and silly. I believe it will be interesting in many cases to switch a role, miscast when we know it is evidently for such a different person to change the perception and make it to something else. Just sometimes irresponsibly play as we are living in the time where artist are about winning the call and getting the offer. There is no time to play because art needs to be more politically correct, more sublime and looks full when it is actually just providing information through illustrations and does not give really anything to the public as it is only one of the projects.This is the reason why it is important to play as to realize that we do not need to be what is expected of us. we can be otherwise and this is also the way to expend the world, question and realize things can be different from how it is going.
These days, it makes me very happy - People still encourage me for my work Combat : Manual for daily survival. Combat has been a big part of my life. It began in 2003, when many people around me wanted to commit suicide .
At this time I was thinking of create an installation, an invented sect called "Believe in Yourself". The original idea of Combat was inviting participants to make propaganda images as guru of their own sect. It was also about the idea of giving your presence to another as an encouragement. This idea developed after meeting a doctor who came to my first exhibition of Combat, and talked about people who are terminally ill. She said to me that she usually put portraits of other people around her patient's bed because it is good to be surrounded by other people's faces. When my mother was dying, this came back to my thoughts and I sent urgently the photographs of everyone who had been part of her life.
My relationship with this work is very complex. "Momento mori" (remember you will die) - I was frustrated when people could not understand that this old way of doing a "selfie" in an ID photo booth was not just about vanity, but something much more important - namely the freedom of photographing oneself without technical expertise. I felt a truth must emerge when I ask subjects to photograph themselves. Was there truth? Yes, and often I did not like it, because of it not fitting in with my presumptions. Combat is meaningful even with the least intentions, because it still represents life, survival, and yes, vanity rather than freedom and Momento Mori. In this aspect Combat becomes stronger, even the weakest pieces. It made me realize that when I photograph people,
however unjust this act may seem, I still can transcend vanity because of my intention.
This period, when I started to feel that photographing was an act of shaping someone to my own interest, even with their accord, was unbearable.
Today, I have less of a problem about photographing other people.
Ukio-e Combat came after Combat's commercial success. I had become tired of jealousy, being mocked and criticized by people who I felt were missing the point of Combat. I was pressuring myself to make a more 'perfect' work. The further I tried to achieve perfection, the more I failed, because art isn't about perfection - it is about imperfection as well.
So, recognising this, I looked back to old Japan for Ukio-e Combat. Ukio-e was a popular entertainment in the daily lives of ordinary people that became defined and standardized as Art by the West. The printed textile in this particular piece, Bijin-ga ('beautiful women's portrait'), marks this vision of East interpreted by West. It would probably have been interpreted very differently according to African, Asian, South American, Middle Eastern or Pacific cultures. In this work in particular, I am attempting to question the Western perspective of Japanese women in Ukio-e, and relate this to interpretations of Japanese and Asian women in and by contemporary Western society.
What I want
What I am
What you force me
Is what you are
For I am you, staring back from a mirror of poverty and despair, of revolt and freedom.
Look at me and know that to destroy me is to destroy yourself.
You are weary of the long hot summers. I am tired of long hungered winters.
We are not so far apart as it might seem.
There is something about both of us that goes deeper than blood or black and white. It is our common search for a better life, a better world. I march now over the same ground you once marched. I fight for the same things you still fight for. My children’s needs are the same as your children’s. I too am America.
America is me. It gave me the only life I know – so I must share in it’s survival. Look at me. Listen to me. Try to understand my struggle against your racism.
There is yet a chance for us to live in peace beneath these restless skies.
The time has come for us to say sayonara
My heart will always be yours for eternity
I knew some time we'd have to say sayonara
Ok. the Collage will finally come down. from the October 9 to 13. You are welcome to pass by to help us or come and just chat, meet and perhaps you would like to have a piece of this work.
Partager une expérience : créer une exposition autour d’une série photographique
Nombre de participants : 8
Horaires :ve 14 oct de 19h à 22h
sa 15 oct et di 16 oct
de 10h à 18h
Atelier de Photographie
Espace Saint -Cyprien
Pour quelle raison continuons-nous à organiser des expositions
aujourd’hui, à l’ère où les images virtuelles et l’internet sont au
cœur de nos relations avec le reste du monde — individus, communautés, pratiques photographiques ?
Cet atelier se propose d’aider les participants à créer des expositions originales à partir de leurs travaux photographiques. Chaque participant sera invité à travailler sur son projet, à partir
d’une compréhension plus poussée de ce qui constitue la force, les intentions et l’essence même de son travail. De ces éléments découlent les décisions qui donneront forme à une exposition.
Sujets abordés, entre autres : le choix des œuvres, la taille des tirages, le choix du support, l’espace d’exposition, les éléments d’accompagnement (son, vidéo), les budgets, les conditions
techniques, la collaboration avec les autres professionnels, les
techniques de présentation au public.
Ce week-end d’atelier donnera l’occasion aux participants de réfléchir en profondeur à leurs séries photographiques, par le biais de discussions avec les autres stagiaires mais aussi avec
l’artiste individuellement, pour en dégager au mieux le potentiel dans le cadre d’expositions personnelles et/ou collectives.
It is rare that I am part of any competition because I do not like the idea of it but I am happy to announce that my work Odyssey is selected as the finalist for the BNL/ BNP prize at the MIA photo fair.
Since November, we have began our research at Mac Val. Now we are inviting people who would like to experience this part of research. the details are following.
Currently I am working with my partner on a project that questions " Violence & limits" which began when the first terrorism happened in Paris last year.
We have been questioning about the relationship between ourselves and others. Our work consist on inviting a person that we never met and proposing a simple act of " hugging" in a museum ( at this time) for the time that takes. ( usually about 20 mins and +) This act is non-sexual yet physically intimate.
We realized that violence today is a social act which is huge that small violence does not have any effect any longer.
Last years during the two terrorism, we observe that people were more afraid of each other.... we get in touch easily online but not in real encounter.
-We are questioning, can we encounter people for the first time by hugging a person timelessly without any purpose or goal?
-We are also questioning our link to one another, how close can we get to another person that we do not know and share an experience via physical contact that is non sexual?
Currently we have an oppertunity to work in Mac Val ( contemporary art museum) and we would like to share this experience of timeless hug with you.
Would you be interested in participating in our project?
We propose you to hug someone who you never met before.
It can be a hug between you and woman, you and man, this will be a chance encounter.
It is usually a moment that is friendly and positive.
It will be at the Mac Val
The date : Feburary 6 and 7 2016
The time : 14h - 18h.
The place : Mac Val, Place de la Libération, 94400 Vitry-sur-Seine www.macval.fr/
FOR PARTICIPATE CONTACT US BY EMAIL : email@example.com
If you are interested in seeing our work on a collective website: https://soustraire2.wordpress.com/
you can see the instructions on the web : https://soustraire2.wordpress.com/2015/12/12/timeless-hug-d-i-y-or-with-mnr/
May this year be a very good year that will make you happy because you are living what you love to do and believe in the importance of sharing them with your surroundings.
May you affirm your inner space to be able to share your physical space with freedom and flexibility with known and unknown.
May you be able to voice your decisions, thoughts and questions in any context for further exchange, discussions and openness.
May you live in your own pace, not being submissive to social context, time, expectations and manipulations.
May you be aware of your surroundings and the world and question them in a very simple way to make a choice of what is important .
May you be able to give and receive in simple and essential ways.
May you experience life as something that we do not know.
May you be strong & positive with full heart and full presence.
with gratitude and peace,
Miki Nitadori & Nataska Roublov (MNR) we are currently developing a work together on timeless hug.
Our idea and experiences are written on the blog https://soustraire2.wordpress.com/
" Subtract speed, time, fear and purpose" Please check it out.
Voici la deuxième partie de l'entrevue avec Cecile Laly , qui continue jusqu'a ma pratique actuelle, en travaillant sur l'art non objet. http://echo.hypotheses.org/244
L'odyssée est invité à être vu à Aix en provence dans le cadre des Regards Croisés, de dialogue France-Japon et pourquoi pas l'Europe!
Ces œuvres ont leur propre volonté d'être vu à l'endroit où ils le désirent.
La ville où Thomas Hardy, la personne qui a trouvé les photographies vient.
Je tiens à vous informer que il y a un appel ouvert pour les photographes basés France de dialoguer avec nous, les cinq "photographes japonais"
Si vous êtes interessé, voici le lien. http://www.fontaine-obscure.com/pages/appels.htm#appel16
Miki, an artist, that questions and propose to share experiences with another.