Takashi Arai by Anton Orlov 2015
© Anton Orlov 2015

Takashi ARAI / Artist, Filmmaker

Takashi Arai does not see daguerreotype as a nostalgic reproduction of a classical method; instead, he has made it his own personal medium, finding it a reliable device for storing memory that is far better for recording and transmitting interactions with his subjects than modern photography.
Beginning in 2010, when he first became interested in nuclear issues, Arai has used the daguerreotype technique to create individual records―micro-monuments―of his encounters with surviving crew members, and the salvaged hull, of the fallout-contaminated Daigo Fukuryūmaru fishing boat, records that touch upon the fragmented reality of events in the past. This project led him to photograph the deeply interconnected subjects of Fukushima, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki.
Arai’s work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mori Art Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, among other international venues.
In 2016, he received the 41st Kimura Ihei Award for his first monograph “MONUMENTS”(PGI, 2015). In 2018, Arai’s first short film “Oshira Kagami: The Mirror of the Oshira Deity” won the Category Prize at the 72nd Salerno International Film Festival, Italy.
His works are held in the public collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and Musée Guimet, among others.
Arai is a visiting researcher at National Museum of Ethnology since 2017.

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新井卓 (あらいたかし)/ アーティスト、映画作家

近年は映像制作、執筆のほか内外の美術館・大学等で公開講義を行うなど多岐にわたる活動を展開。これまで、ボストン美術館、サンフランシスコ近代美術館、森美術館、東京国立近代美術館ほか国内外の多数の展覧会に参加した。2014年に英国ソースコード・プライズ(現 Solas Prize)、2016年には第41回木村伊兵衛写真賞、日本写真協会賞新人賞、神奈川文化賞未来賞を続けて受賞。2018年、映像詩『オシラ鏡』で第72回サレルノ国際映画祭短編映画部門最高賞。東京国立近代美術館、スミソニアン博物館、ボストン美術館、サンフランシスコ近代美術館、東京都写真美術館、ギメ美術館ほか多数の美術館に作品収蔵。単著に『MONUMENTS』(PGI、2015)などがある。
2016年よりAtomic Photographers Guildメンバー、2017年より国立民族学博物館館外研究員(放射線影響をめぐる「当事者性」に関する学際的研究)。

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