incipient_strangers_01 Yoshikatsu Fujii Incipient Strangers at Reminders Photography Stronghold For its second exhibition in 2015, RPS presents “Incipient Strangers” by Yoshikatsu Fujii. Fujii is continuously creating works based on his relationship with his divorced parents; last year it was presented as his handmade photobook “Red String.” In this exhibition, he will show new works visualizing the complicated relationship in his family and his conflicted feelings about it. Please have a look at his new creations at the gallery. Fujii will produce special edition photobooks, which you can order only during the exhibition period. During this time, RPS will also be hosting a photobook event.

Limited time edition photobook produced for sale during the exhibition period March 7 to April 5th only
Publication: March 2015
Book Size: 29.7cm X 42cm
Page: 46 pages
Photography, Composition and Texts by Yoshikatsu Fujii
Editorial coordination and Art direction by Yumi Goto
In collaboration with Reminders Photography Stronghold
all signed and editioned

Yoshikatsu Fujii – Incipient Strangers from Yoshikatsu Fujii on Vimeo
Movie by Bahag Bahagski.

If you would like to place your order more than one copy, kindly contact via stronghold@reminders-project.org

Artist statement:

Siblings can be incipient strangers. Even siblings sharing the same blood can become distant and turn into strangers to each other as they each grow and forge their own path in life. Sometimes, we fail to hit it off with friends and eventually lose touch. But with family, no matter how brittle the relationship, it cannot be severed. This makes things even more difficult. With family, we take liberties to say harsh words and give unwanted advice. With family, we have the sense that our actions will mostly be permitted, and we end up creating an irreparable rift. Had this accretion of incidents caused my parents’ divorce? Since coming to see things that way, I decided to try looking at my family as strangers. That meant not standing on formality, but taking pains to consider the other party and work around their needs. If my family were total strangers to me, how would they react if I did such and such? I asked myself these questions and endeavored to avoid unnecessary meddling. In my honest experience, this approach does not feel as if one is truly valuing the other’s existence, and there was something unpleasantly awkward about it. However, the process made me realize that everyone in a family has the same internal conflicts and faces each other with this set of contradictions. This struggle creates each person’s image of what that family is. It was through this process that I at last began to see, for the first time, something like the start of our family. incipient_strangers_02 incipient_strangers_03 incipient_strangers_04 incipient_strangers_05 incipient_strangers_06 incipient_strangers_07 incipient_strangers_08 incipient_strangers_09 incipient_strangers_10 incipient_strangers_11 incipient_strangers_12 incipient_strangers_13 incipient_strangers_14 incipient_strangers_15 incipient_strangers_16 incipient_strangers_17 YOSHIKATSU FUJII’S “INCIPIENT STRANGERS” PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE PRODUCED FROM MARCH 7 TO APRIL 5 ONLY. from REMINDERS PHOTOGRAPHY STRONGHOLD on Vimeo.