Aisuke Kondo / 近藤愛助

Recent Works

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”Matter and Memory”

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

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

Recently, I have been working on art project about my great-grandfather.

My great-grandfather lived in San Francisco, U.S. for 47 years. He was interned in the Topaz War Relocation Center in Utah during the Pacific Ocean theater of World War II. This was because the then U.S. President Franklin D.Roosevelt set Executive Order 9066 in 1942.

My artworks are formed from archival materials of my great-grandfather and the internment of Japanese Americans such as photograph and relic. I focus on a story of Japanese Americans who interned in the internment camps in U.S. during the Pacific Ocean theater of World War II.

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.