Tsuka is a concept I first discovered while living and working in Japan in 2000 from the wonderful yet disturbing Alex Kerr book Dogs and Demons: Tales from the Dark Side of Japan. This complex Japanese concept has since been latent in my mind and influenced much of my own photography and curatorial practice. The concept has been extended further through an appreciation of Japanese photography and its culture and inspired by other poignant readings. These readings range from Japanese ‘junbungaku’ novels from authors such as Yukio Mishima and Osamu Dazai, as well as important photography texts translated in Setting Sun: Writings by Japanese Photographers edited by Ivan Vartanian, Akihiro Hatanaka and Yutaka Kambayashi (2006). Other influences include the classic cinema of Yasujiro Ozu and more recently Hirokazu Kore-eda and, of course, Haruki Murakami.

Tsuka was exhibited at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, and the Museum of Innocence, Mildura, in 2018.

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Risaku Suzuki

Mayumi Hosokura

Hajime Kimura

Go Itami

Hiroshi Hatate

Kazuma Obara & Mayumi Suzuki

Documentation: Matthew Stanton