Odyssey by Miki Nitadori
Miki Nitadori is presenting her project Odyssey at the Galerie Catherine et André Hug. The artist has produced a beautiful, graphic work narrating the history of Japanese immigrants in Hawaii.
The project started when Thomas Hardy found and saved a suitcase full of photographs that had been thrown away by a Japanese- American family in Lahaina. He brought it back to Paris and presented it to Miki Nitadori. The artist who grew up as a child in Hawaii has been working on Japanese- Americans in Maui since.
In the 2000s,Thomas came to my atelier where he saw a photograph of the sugar factory in Lahaina. After this encounter, he invited me to see the photographs he had brought back. A couple of years later we met again by chance in a travel agency where he decided to give me these photographs. Then last year, I was invited to exhibit at Maui arts & cultural center from May 26. Everything happened as if these photographs really needed to go back to where they came from. To me this Odyssey of the photographs in the suitcase carries the message from the past generations to the present generations: Do not forget your ancestors and where you are coming from.
The works presented in the exhibition are photographs from the beginning of the 19th century to the 1950s of Japanese-Americans. Nitadori has scanned the photographs, enlarged and manually transferred onto printed fabrics. This superimposition of family photographs on printed fabrics represents for the artist the diversity of cultural, traditional and symbolic patterns that reflects the environment and community.
Many people think I can do the transfer digitally by inkjet print, which is not the case. The time and physical endurance gives me further understanding of the original photographs which is not possible to experience with digital print. The process makes the works more precious as they take a long time to print and are all unique pieces.
The exhibition is held on the occasion of For the European Month of Photography in Paris at the Galerie Catherine et André Hug.
[divider]About Miki Nitadori [/divider]
Japanese artist born in 1971, moved to different countries in her childhood. (Thailand, Hawaii and Europe). She began her art training at Parsons school of Design, then obtained Bachelor of Fine Arts from Paris American Academy, specialised in painting. Also obtained a certificate of professional training from Speos Photographic Institute. Finalist for the prize, Voies Off at Arles in 2004. Exhibited her works extensively in different countries, such as in 2004, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria and Grand Palais, Paris, Bruges, Belgium, l’imagerie, Lannion, France, Gallery Mai, Tokyo. She Lives in Paris.