KEIJI FUJIMOTO’S ARTIST BOOK “Forget-me-not” PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW.
RPS is now ready to accept online orders of Keiji Fujimoto’s artist book, “Forget-me-not”. Fujimoto was one of participants for Photobook as an Object workshop led by Yumi Goto and Jan Russell in 2016.
From 2014 to 2015, Fujimoto had been taking photos of African gay youth their everyday lives in Kenya and Uganda. Fujimoto also grew up as a gay in Japanese society and having personal struggles especially when he was young and could not share his feeling with anybody. In this artist book, Fujimoto mixed his private photos, paintings and diaries chronologically, with those pictures he took in Africa.
Limited edition’s number, 83, stands for Fujimoto’s birth year, 1983.
Old picture reflects a young boy with dazzling black skin who is covering a body with white shirt. Boy was dreaming to be a pilot someday. Man who used to love the sky was always hanging his childhood picture in a room.
He now grew up to the adult, and noticed that his childhood dream was just an illusion. One fact, in front of his eyes, was just a messy room with unwashed clothes. He was suffering with emotional chains of, feeling guilty for hiding his sexuality to the family and friends, taking pale peace with the boy friend, and denying himself when he is alone in the room.
We were quite similar in that way. Both were troublesome existences, who are breaking harmony in the society. And that is probably why we could be friends each other.
Color of the sky was changing from deep purple to blue, at the outside of window. Morning was coming again.
“I have to leave soon” he said.
He then veiled negative emotions on the face unconsciously. His eyes started focusing on the actual world. He wore a crumpled shirt, and so opened door.
Kenyan sky was already too blue, at the outside world.
168pages / Bilingual in Japanese and English
Dimensions (boxed): 250mm x 175mm, 800g
83 limited editions only（all made to order by the author)
Photographs / Text / painting / printing / Bookbinding / Slipcase making : Keiji Fujimoto
9,160 JPY (plus shipping fee)
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**YOUR ORDER WILL BE PRODUCED THEN SHIPPED ONLY AFTER HIS BOOK LAUNCH AND EXHIBITION OPENING SEPTEMBER 9TH AFTERWARDS.