somewhere,somebody became a star

Installation view, Private Space, Plant, Glass, Paper, Print, Books, Wood, Wool, Still photo, Plaster, etc., 2011. ©EUGENE KANGAWA

somewhere,somebody became a star.
Installation view,Private Space 2011.

somewhere,somebody became a star

Installation view, Private Space, Plant, Glass, Paper, Print, Books, Wood, Wool, Still photo, Plaster, etc., 2011. ©EUGENE KANGAWA

  • ー“I can reach into their stories. Stories of those I do not know.”

"somewhere,somebody became a star", Installation view, Private Space, Plant, Glass, Paper, Print, Books, Wood, Wool, Still photo, Plaster, etc., 2011. ©EUGENE KANGAWA

ー“I can reach into their stories. Stories of those I do not know.”

The artist found at melancholic photos of deceased whom he had no prior knowledge of,
and decided to replicate an imaginary backstory for each the portrait.
That is, artwork is a seeking into the another world represented by imagination.

“somewhere,somebody became a star”, Installation view, Private Space, Plant, Glass, Paper, Print, Books, Wood, Wool, Still photo, Plaster, etc., 2011. ©EUGENE KANGAWA

The inspiration for this piece came after stumbling across a website in which people upload photos of their deceased relatives. On this public photo archive website people are able to add photos to commemorate their lost loved ones.

KANGAWA was fascinated by the emotionally charged images displayed, which were presented with minimal identification information and envisioned the many stories which might the deceased had experienced. (What KANGAWA could know is nothing but the fact that they are already passed away, but the pictures on the screen seemed to him a beautiful world which he had no prior information.) Then the artist decided to replicate an imaginary backstory for each the portrait in the other place.

He collected real world objects and images which represented the motifs within the online photographs and arranged them into a mesmerizing and spectral installation. His goal was to realize and depict a possible world in which the unknown deceased had lived. The lack of people within a space rich in emotionally salient objects gives the impression that the owners are somewhere else.

“somewhere,somebody became a star” , Installation view, Private Space, Plant, Glass, Paper, Print, Books, Wood, Wool, Still photo, Plaster, etc., 2012. ©EUGENE KANGAWA

This project intends to help the audiences realize that even with just a few objects we can still create an extensive narrative through our imagination. The objects, incomplete fragments from someones life, are positioned to give the impression of floating within an encompassing imaginary world. The fragmented and abstract arrangement of this work compels the audience to use their own imagination to fill in the gaps, each viewer creating a personal narrative for the imagined owners of the objects.

As a facet of living in the digital age is that we are able to access unlimited images of unknown people their possessions. Thus people necessarily imagine a narrative in order to have a coherent understanding of the image, irrespective of its the true history. This work aims to explore the capacity of human imagination.

“Thomas” in “somewhere,somebody became a star” , Print, 2011. ©EUGENE KANGAWA

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“somewhere,somebody became a star”, Installation view, Private Space, Plant, Glass, Paper, Print, Books, Wood, Wool, Still photo, Plaster, etc., 2011. ©EUGENE KANGAWA

“somewhere,somebody became a star”, Installation view, Private Space, Plant, Glass, Paper, Print, Books, Wood, Wool, Still photo, Plaster, etc., 2011. ©EUGENE KANGAWA

“somewhere,somebody became a star”, Installation view, Private Space, Plant, Glass, Paper, Print, Books, Wood, Wool, Still photo, Plaster, etc., 2011. ©EUGENE KANGAWA