The Path ( 道 ) / Silver Gelatin Print / 2014



At times in my day-to-day life, I find myself stumbling over reminders of days gone by. Partly formed of memory rise up from a forgotten abyss within, surrounding me like a powerful fragrance and rocking my emotions to the core. In these moments, I am seized with the desire to gather and collect, to retrieve what has been lost and weave it into something whole.

I spent my childhood in a small village in the mountains of Japan. As a child, I ached to leave my home, to become an adult and discover the person I truly was. I dreamed of taking myself to a place where I was known by no one, where I could sing and dance to my heart’s content without interruption. Now that I am no longer a child, it has occurred to me how this desire has led me to abandon traces of my past, effectively unmarking myself with the scent of my own recollection. Having traveled over the mountains of my hometown—crossing an entire ocean and leaving my childhood home in a distant wake—, I recall the days of my youth with great frequency, thirsting for the lingering images of what came before. As I retrace these buried steps, fragments of other memories occasionally appear. They talk to me intimately but also behave like strangers, and make me imagine: Was it a completely different life I led, in a place completely different from what I feel to be true? As past and present intertwine, bleary and focused parts of the mind intersect, giving rise to a variety of sensations that bring with them feelings difficult to put into words.

My aim with this project is to reconstruct the half-remembered memories of my childhood based on clues from the emotional elements associate with my childhood memories, as well as the symbols that exist in photographs I keep as mementos. Three-dimensional dioramas, composed of overlapping multiple layers of photo collages, have been assembled and photographed to illustrate landscapes of my memory. In addition to self-portraits, other materials have been used to construct the collage. They include family photos from when I was growing up, personal snapshots and pictures of garden-variety objects taken from the Internet, which can be symbols evocative of my childhood memories.



Atonement ( 贖罪 ) / Silver Gelatin Print / 2015


Ayumi Tanaka is a Japanese-born artist, living and working in New York City. Tanaka has been working on collage work by using found images from private snapshot and the Internet to explore theme of memories. She received a BFA from Osaka University of Arts in Japan in 2003 and studied at International Center of Photography in 2010.

Her work has been shown internationally at exhibitions including United Photo Industries Gallery in New York, Tokyo Institute of Photography in Tokyo Japan, 25 CPW Gallery in New York, Pictura Gallery in Bloomington IN, Dumbo Arts Festival 2011 in NY, LOOK3 festival of the Photographs 2012 and Athens Photo Festival 2015. Her work has been published numerous magazine including at New York Times, Blow Photo (Dublin, Ireland), PHat Photo (Tokyo, Japan), Lettre International (Beriln, Germany), LensCulture, GUP Magazine, Featureshoot. Tanaka was awarded International Center of Photography Director Fellowship in 2010 (New York), Grand prix at Tokyo International Photography Competition 2013 (Tokyo, New York), Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50 and Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Award 2014.

田中 愛弓

彼女の作品は、United Photo Industries Gallery(ニューヨーク)、Tokyo Institute of Photography(東京)、25 CPW Gallery(ニューヨーク)、Pictura Gallery(ブルーミントン / インディアナ州)、Dumbo Arts Festival 2011 in NY(ニューヨーク)、LOOK3 festival of the Photographs 2012(シャーロッツビル / ヴァージニア州)、Athens Photo Festival 2015(アテネ / ギリシャ)など国際的に発表されている。
そして、ニューヨークタイムズ、Blow Photo(アイルランド)、PHat Photo(日本)、Lettre International(ベルリン)、LensCulture(パリ)、GUP Magazine(アムステルダム)、Featureshoot(ニューヨーク)など多数のメディアで紹介されている。

International Center of Photography Director Fellowship(ニューヨーク / 2010年)、Tokyo International Photography Competition(東京 / ニューヨーク / 2013年)でグランプリ、Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50(米国 / 2014年)、そして米国の国際コンペティション Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Award 2014(ニューヨーク / 2015年)を受賞。


Birds / Silver Gelatin Print / 2013


Feast ( 宴会 ) / Silver Gelatin Print / 2015


On the far away to home ( 遠い家路 ) / Silver Gelatin Print / 2014

Leaving Home ( 家出 ) / Silver Gelatin Print / 2015

Neighbor’s bedroom ( 隣人の寝室 ) / Silver Gelatin Print / 2014


The other side of the chestnut field ( 栗畑の反対側で ) / Silver Gelatin Print / 2014


While I was away ( 私が居ないあい だ) / Silver Gelatin Print / 2013

Untitled 1 / Silver Gelatin Print / 2013
Picnic / Silver Gelatin Print / 2013
Slope and the sparkle bubbles ( 坂道と光の泡 ) / Silver Gelatin Print / 2014

Promise ( 約束 ) / Silver Gelatin Print / 2014


Canal Street / Silver Gelatin Print / 2013


Drank at the bar / Silver Gelatin Print / 2013


Sakura ( 桜 ) / Silver Gelatin Print / 2013

Nobody heard the bird’s songs ( 誰もその鳥の声は聞かなかった ) / Silver Gelatin Print / 2015
Wish you were here / Silver Gelatin Print / 2013
Smell of Rust ( 錆の匂い ) / Silver Gelatin Print / 2015
Tenguyama ( 天狗山 ) / Silver Gelatin Print / 2013