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Photo: Mai Hanato


​カッティングシート、4台スピーカー 2022



                                                                                                                                                               リュウ・リケツ (劉李杰)



Karekimata Branch School has a long history: founded in 1884, it closed in 1989 and reopened in 1991, only to close again in 2007. As I walked through the two-story wooden school building in its verdant natural setting, I noticed scratches on the walls, the scent of the wood, and the echo of my footsteps on the floor. It brought back vivid memories of my elementary school days: morning silent reading time, the light at sunset, and the sound of the school bell at the end of class. I heard that during the 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, an 88-year-old graduate of the Karekimata Branch School came to see the exhibition and found himself immersed in memories of the past. Although we all have different life experiences, in different environments and recall different stories from our elementary school days, this installation gives us access to the world of our shared elementary school experience. It is a world woven from time, light, voices, other sounds, and the space surrounding the visitor and the installation, itself. In the virtual space created by this branch school classroom, I hope each visitor will retrieve some "half-forgotten, half-remembered" memories.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Liu Lijie



​映像、黒板、書物  2021





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