Will there always be a gap between ideal and reality? Will there always be a gap between the world we inhabit today, and the world we dream of inhabiting? A visual courage of conviction is present in Confine and breathe, Suzuna Tajima has confidence to do what she believes is right, even though other people may not agree or approve. A constant reminder of her creative freedom, lunacy and prudence are illustrated, though her use of blurred out imagery, flash-lit subjects, dusty and grainy rainbow-filled skies, and by taking photographs of printed photographs.
Look closer but expect nothing, since Suzuna Tajima is fabricating a personal, almost totalitarian visual language, liberated from traditional visual storytelling — her own freedom of visual speech. Tajima experiments with editing, almost otherworldly, by reshaping or revitalizing her photographs with painting, geometrical shapes, hiding the models identities or other. These visual experiments contributes effectively to a vigorous, almost animated perspective on youth, spirit and identity. Suzuna Tajima’s view on the world seem to spin wildly and hastily, and identity seem as a diagnosis where only photography functions as medicine. The photographic series Confine and breathe is hallucinatory, often fearless and relentless imagery, it’s unexpected picture-editing, it’s vertiginous camera installments, assaults the viewer’s senses and scrambles the brain. Through her photographic practice, Tajima expresses mischief to the conflict between patience and selfishness within herself, and ultimately also the viewer.
Suzuna Tajima (b. 2002) is based in Tokyo, Japan, where she also began her photographic practice when studying fashion design. Seamlessly, Suzuna Tajima possesses a cinematic language that is precise and distinctive, and she implements a surprise in every picture. Confine and breathe showcases Suzuna Tajima’s photographic practice as a complex visual language; with versatile composition, of honest, intimate, vibrant and unruly photographic expression, and by intentionally disordering editing, ask questions about human existence, youth and social orders.
Written by Nikolaj Ahlefeldt Andersen