Honorable Mention TOKYO-2017 Portfolio / Fine Art_PO

Hatsubon

  • Photographer
    Tomiko Jones

"Hatsubon" is a memorial for my father exploring the dynamic tension between tradition and performance through photographs and video. The materiality of the exhibition suggests the dualities of the fleeting and the lasting, the ephemeral and the corporeal, and the pendulous state between longing and release. Hatsubon is a ceremony marking the first anniversary of a loved one’s death, held during the yearly ritual of O-bon, a Japanese Buddhist custom of honoring ancestors. The work evidences how cultural customs, design, and materials are my creative methodology. I made a shoryabune (ritual boat) by splitting, steaming, and bending bamboo into a boat form and skinning it with waxed kozo paper. Robed in simple kimonos my mother, sister and I sent it to sea at dawn on O-bon from the shores of Hawai’i. Performative photographs were made with a 4x5 field camera and printed on silk (52"x 60") and paper (20"x25". Black and white portraits of my father were made with a Rolleiflex and printed as a collection of small images, a reliquary (5"x5"); landscape images made with digital capture (53"x35", 20"x35")