This is a story of Fumiko Yamato, a Japanese dancer. Though highly acclaimed both domestically and internationally, she has long been considered as a misfit or unorthodox within the circle of traditional Japanese dance. While following the structure of her signature performance “Renjishi”, I visually represented her life that broke through the wild side, the difficulty and ambivalence in exchanging the art and love.

During the research, I found a picture of her taken around the time she started dancing. I felt that the wormhole, which drilled through her whole body in the picture, was a strong metaphor that talks eloquently about the period of her hunger for affection. Duplication, collage, reboosting and connecting of impressions, I organized in multiple layers using various photographic methodologies while looking back over 70 years. This work is a tribute and a new interpretation of the classical piece “Renjishi”.


About Artist

Ryo Kusumoto is photographer based in Kyoto, JAPAN.

Ryo (b.1982, Tokushima) studied Evolutionary developmental biology at the
graduated school of Tokushima University. While working for new pharmaceutical development (2007-2010), he technically and philosophically studied photography, and exhibited his work as a gallery recommended photographer from JAPAN in the Seoul photo festival 2010.

Since 2011, he works as an independent photographer. In addition to shooting for
newspapers, magazines, he also produces company advertisement videography,
too.

In 2014, he got selected award of The 15th Hikoma Ueno award, and his work was
exhibited in Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre and so on. After that, he exhibited in the
Ryosoku-in, sub-temple within the grounds of Kennin-ji temple, as a new project about a traditional ink painter. He was awarded the 2nd prize of the Yonosuke Natori photo award 2017 sponsored by Japan professional photographers society.

His latest work “Renjishi” was shortlisted of Unseen dummy award 2018, cosmos pdf award and Fiebre photobook award 2019. It was his 1st artist book made by hand only 68 editions. This work is in Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland and Biblioteca de San Telmo / Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche Collection, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain.

連師子 / Renjishi
Ryo Kusumoto

Self-published
2019

Design
Ryo Kusumoto

142 pages
24.8cm x 16.3cm x 2.2cm

Edition of 68


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連師子 / Renjishi
Ryo Kusumoto

Self-published
2019

Design
Ryo Kusumoto

142 pages
24.8cm x 16.3cm x 2.2cm

Edition of 68