Saori Miyake + Masami Yamamoto “Why Did I Laugh Tonight?”
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The poet, John Keats, who lived from the end of the 18th century to the early 19th century in England, declared as a sudden realization one night, “Death is the most intense, because death is the proof of having lived.” And then (most likely), he quickly wrote up this title of a poem in his notes: Why did I laugh tonight? This poem attempts to answer a question, supposedly unsolvable, of why people laugh. In the moment of laughter, a sense of conviction slips through our fingers.
In the grains of analog photography on printing paper, or in the particles burned into pottery shaped by high temperatures, it is like looking into Medusa’s shining eyes, when a human is transformed into stone. This is a world where color is not dulled, where fate is everlasting and ever changing. Yet this is only seen after feeling a loss of life, but is actually a form of existence that becomes eternity. Repeating the process of inversion, there appears inside the shadows, a multilayered spirit envisioned by Saori Miyake. At the same time, a spirit is hidden within fabric and clothing interwoven with time and memory, solidified in porcelain form by Masami Yamamoto.