When Japanese photographer Miki Hasegawa (b. 1973) found out 350 children across her country die annually due to domestic abuse, but only 90 deaths per year are recognized by the Ministry of Health, Education and Welfare, she decided to draw attention to the overlooked 260 children. For her sorrowful series Internal Notebook, she took portraits of children raised in abusive homes together with detail shots of their physical scars, rearranged their childhood photographs and added pages out of the diaries they kept, to create a series that show all the different faces of the aftermath of abuse. Dealing with the social issues facing Japanese woman and children, Hasegawa tries to visualize what exactly maternal love is in such a traditional country. “It seemed to me that their parents were no different from the rest of us in thinking that we were normal parents,” she states. “We can see that the ones who tormented were not just parents but other adults in society as well.” The wide variety in perspectives mark her work and gives an interesting insight into this well-hidden shame of society.

About Artist

Miki Hasegawa, born in 1973 in Fukuoka, Japan, lives and works in Kanagawa. She earned her B.A. degree in Human Environmental Science and in Design from Showa Women’s University, After working as an architect for several years, she started working as a professional photographer. In recent years she has been expressing what exactly maternal love is, while dealing with the social issues  facing Japanese women and children.

She was one of the 100 chosen for the 2014 the Review Santa Fe.

Her work, “Jewels”, was selected as one of the LensCulture Emerging Talents 2014 Top 50, and received high acclaim. Hasegawa’s first handmade book, “The Path Of Million Pens” has been selected as one of the finalist of 2014 Unseen Dummy
Award. and is famous throughout the world, being selected for various global photography collection fairs. She is currently working on her own project based upon “child abuse”, a theme very close to her heart.

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Internal Notebook
Miki Hasegawa

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228 pages
22.7cm x 18.5xm

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