IMAMURA Aya

Residency Program

Exchange Residency Program
(Creators sent abroad)

IMAMURA Aya

Participating ProjectExchange Residency Program
(Japanese Creators sent abroad)
Activity BasedJapan / Germany
City / Place stayedBasel / Atelier Mondial
Period2019.4 - 2019.6
Purpose of the residency

In the program, I will create an installation with total reflection which consists of lights and a clear glass. Two overlapping reflection, by different motifs or bodies, will be recognized momentary into the glass. This installation is a visual experiment of the imagination between similarities and differences, focuses on culturally shaped conceptions of identity such as gender, body or ethnicity. The work aims to break out of the binary thinking and structure.

Plan during the residency

・To research about Veil and Körper-Geschichte, (to contact to Prof.BETTINA KÖHLER) Institut Kunst
・The Symposium 'Women in Space' at Institut Kunst
・To research DMX, Institut Kunst, Critical Media Lab,
・To look for dancers or performance artists for the installation
・Creation, documenting and writing

Activities during the residency

This time Imamura's visual experiment "Can We Look at Each Other?" took a form of an installation and documenting video. Use of the total reflectivity created with light and glass enabled two people facing each other through a glass barrier to appear on the same surface as reflected images invisible to each other, thus creating a place where the differences and things in common regarding rare, gender and body, etc., are left to the imagination.

can we look at each other?, installation view at Atelier Mondial, glass, lights, picture frame, video cameras, 2 projections (one live projection), 2019

can we look at each other? (researching room), installation view at Atelier Mondial, glass, lights, picture frame, video cameras, 2 projections (one live projection), 2019

can we look at each other? (video shot image), installation view at Atelier Mondial, glass, lights, picture frame, video cameras, 2 projections (one live projection), 2019

can we look at each other? (video shot image), installation view at Atelier Mondial, glass, lights, picture frame, video cameras, 2 projections (one live projection), 2019 
Special thanks to model partner: Michel Kunze

can we look at each other? (video shot image), installation view at Atelier Mondial, glass, lights, picture frame, video cameras, 2 projections (one live projection), 2019 Special thanks to model partner: Michel Kunze

can we look at each other? (video shot image), installation view at Atelier Mondial, glass, lights, picture frame, video cameras, 2 projections (one live projection), 2019 Special thanks to model partner: Michel Kunze

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