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Kisara Okada: Please Close Softly and Gently

Tokyo, Japan

14.11.2021

“When I go out with my camera, I get the chance of encountering moments of coincidences – mysterious scenes – that makes me ask “why?”. Maybe they are too trivial to be called miracles but I am deeply impressed with them. As I release the shutter toward the moments that moves me, it reminds me that the world is exquisitely balanced and nothing is dispensable. At the same time, it tells me that I am a part of the scene when it is viewed from a distance. My goal is to leave you billions of pictures of these blissful moments.”

Today we face issues including the State Secrets Law, suppression of the freedom of expression, and fears about violations of privacy and portrait rights in the internet age. Artists and photographers must assess the current situation and little by little alter how they present their work. For Kisara Okada, her greatest fear is that society one day may not permit snapshot photography. For this very reason, she takes pictures of present moments, considering them small pieces of evidence that reveal what this time was really like for future retrospection. Please Close Softly and Gently (2015-2019) facilitates a glimpse into the snapshot practice of Kisara Okada reflecting her encountering of present moments as considered of small pieces of evidence that reveal what this time was really like for future retrospection.

Mainly engaged with snapshot photography, Kisara Okada graduated from Musashino Art University in 2010 and has received prizes such as 1_WALL in 2011, juna21 in 2015, and KONICA PHOTO PREMIO in 2016.

Edited by Tofu Collective