Aisuke Kondo / 近藤愛助

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”Matter and Memory”

When I was a child, I broke my bones often. This is because I have a genetic disorder; Osteogenesis imperfecta (Type I)

The process of recovery from a bone fracture that I repeatedly underwent, influences my artistic approach.

I make my artworks under the concept ‘Reconstruction of Memories’

by using a method of college. I try to reconstruct memories of self, others, history, and place.

I have been working art project about my great-grandfather, who was in the Japanese diaspora in the U.S., and it has been carrying out

based on research on the history of the Japanese diaspora and its art during WWⅡ. My interest includes colonialism and modernization

in the imperialism of Japan and the history of racism against Asians Western world like a Yellow Peril.

My great-grandfather lived in San Francisco, U.S., for 47 years, and he was interned in the Topaz War Relocation Center in Utah during

the Pacific Ocean theater of World War II. It was because the then U.S. President Franklin D.Roosevelt set Executive Order 9066 in 1942.

My artworks are composed of archival materials ー such as photographs and relics ー of my great-grandfather and Japanese American.

I focus on a story of Japanese Americans who interned in the internment camps in the U.S. during the Pacific Ocean theater of World War II.

Through my experiences as an immigrant in Germany, have things in common with my great-grandfather's life, I try to connect the past to the present with my artworks, and they function as a 'memory machine.' In that machine, we can come and go between the past and present through the borders, which lie between self, others, history, and place.