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Kenshi Daito: Integument

Tokyo, Japan


A creature is made up of organs. An integumentary system in which the organs are integrated together, entangled with each other, and most essentially related to form the outermost layer of a body. This set of organs includes a creature’s skin and its appendages that act as a physical barrier between the external and the internal environment that it serves to maintains our inner anima. The photographic series, Integument (2021) by Kenshi Daito, is an experimental photographic work that encapsulates the phenomena of our physical skin. Blurred and obscured, arcane and indefinite, Daito’s photographs are a complex, otherworldly and distinctive view on our creature’s bodily external and ultimately also our inner selfs. 

Material: hand-made Japanese paper, aluminum sheet, watercolor

Photographic printing technique: Cyanotype, Gum bichromate process

Edited by Nikolaj Ahlefeldt Andersen