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MIDORI HAGURI - SUICIDE SHOW

My recent work portrays the scenes of areas where suicides are prevalent. I believe that the injustices of society lead us to take our thoughts and actions to these places. From the time we are born, society imprints us to think in a certain way. Being born as a female or male, home environment, race, society, and country all contribute to what shapes individualism in our world. In Japan we are taught at a very early age that equality defines our society, but I don’t believe this to be true. There is no equality here.
Suicide treats all who choose this path equally.
The act itself has no borders and so true equality is obtained regardless of age, race, or gender.
Having committed to his or her final actions, no one will ever know the final thoughts that the person was feeling, whether it was joy or sadness. It could be said at the final moment of life that the equality we are taught is truly obtained.

最近の作品は自殺の現場を描いています。これは私が考える平等の場所です。
私たちは生まれた瞬間から性別、家庭環境、人種、生まれた国など環境に格差があります。
学校では平等が大切と学びますが、実際の社会に平等は存在しません。
でも自殺は平等です。
老いも若いも、国も地域も関係なく、自殺という行為はとても平等です。
自殺をした彼らが最期の瞬間が、不幸だったのか、幸せだったのか、誰にもわかりません。
ただ、彼らは平等を手に入れることが出来きた唯一の存在なのかもしれません。

Midori Haguri

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