Akimi Ota “Wakan / Soul Is Film”

The 5th Floor (Hanazono Alley)

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The 5th Floor is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition by filmmaker / anthropologist Akimi Ota. Akimi decided to shoot a film about the Shuar people, who reside in the Amazonian rainforest in southern Ecuador, for his PhD degree in visual anthropology at Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester. Through his ethnographic fieldwork that consecutively lasted for more than a year, he followed the Shuar people, once feared by the colonists as “head-hunters,” filming and doing research on them. The outcome is his first feature documentary film, “Kanarta: Alive in Dreams” (https://akimiota.net/Kanarta-1), which will be released nationwide in the theatres such as Image Forum (Shibuya, Tokyo) from October 2nd, 2021.

This exhibition aims to deconstruct, as well as expand, the imaginative possibilities that his experience of Amazonia contains, which all too often has a risk to be reduced to the single form of representation, that is, his film. To this end, Akimi offers a series of photographs that he shot alongside his filmmaking project, as well as a video installation that he newly produced by re-interpreting the existing footage shot in Amazonia. Distancing itself from the particular language of cinema, his expression becomes more abstract, thereby quietly, yet boldly, questioning the ambivalence of the imagined “Amazonian indigenous people” that has been cultivated in our brains throughout the centuries.

Reservations required.



from July 16, 2021 to July 24, 2021
Exhibition Hours: 13:00-19:30. Reservations required.


Akimi Ota



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