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Colossus

It is something we must know. About a time when we were more respectful and prostrate.

We must remember that ecstasy, which was a part of something larger.

The colossus speaks, saying that we have no value remaining.

The severity of our forgetfulness has summoned strife.

Because our predecessors knew how we would forget, over and over, everything,

they bequeathed their thoughts to the colossus.  

Yoshiki Hase

Having placed themselves, over the course of a long stretch of time, at the pinnacle of the hierarchy of organisms, humankind, in the process of mastering the world, has ended up taking control of nature as well. On the other hand, the human animal has been on a search for a spiritual connection to a presence, such as god or nature, that was greater than themselves. Unable to designate our place in the world, we have continued to wander in doubt to this day. Throughout history, throughout various eras, we have built sculptures and figures in our images, and have engraved our physical forms, our spiritual minds, our humanity, and at times even a human-shaped "god-like presence" into these works of art.

While in this act of creating an image of the human form, I was struck with an idea -- to create "scenes in which stand figures," in the forests and on the sands. Not belonging completely to nature or humanity, and even if the form is missing portions -- such as the head or a body part -- making them incomplete, this does not mean that the figure lacks "life." The image of the figure standing against a backdrop of trees or sky is similar to the behavior or appearance that we humans displayed upon this planet, while simultaneously evoking a sense of something that we ourselves cannot access directly. By photographing these scenes of my own fiction, I hope to see with my own eyes the images of an era when humans still preserved their stillness and dignity, while simultaneously not having become such arrogant organisms.

我々は知らなくてはならない。我々がもっと平伏していた時代のことを。

我々は何ものかの一部であったあの恍惚を思い出さなくてはならない。

巨像は語る、我々に残された価値など何もないと。

我々の物忘れの激しさが、戦いを呼び起こし、

我々が何度も、また何もかもを忘れることを知っているから、先人は巨像にその思いを託した。


 

 長い時間を通して生物の最高位に自らを位置付けた人間は、世界を制する過程で自然をも制御するようになった。一方で動物としての人間は、神や自然という自己を超える存在との精神的な繋がりを模索した。自らの立ち位置を定められない我々は、現代も迷える存在となっている。歴史上様々な時代に人の姿を模した彫刻や像が作られ、我々自身の肉体や精神、人間観、また人の形態をした”神のようなもの”がそこに刻まれた。

 人の像を作るというこの行為から着想し、森や砂丘に「像の立つ風景」を作った。自然と人のどちらにも完全には属さず、また頭や体の一部が欠けた不完全な姿でも、像の”生命”が欠けることはない。像が木々や空を背景にする姿は、我々人間がこの星で見せる振る舞いや佇まいと似ているが、同時に我々が直接触れることができない何ものかを感じさせる。私は私自身のこの虚構の風景を撮ることで、人間が静寂と威厳を保ち、同時に生命として尊大でなかった時代の光景を目の当たりにしたい。