As usual, today is fine weather, is not it?
A polaroid camera is an analogue gadget which instantly starts to develop the image right after it is exposed. The temperature and the particular time of day can be honestly shown by the image colors. The delicacy of the camera requires caution and time to maintain its quality which shapes the relationship between photographers and subjects. With such a communication tool in hand, thirty interviews and photoshoots regarding multilingual history in Tainan have been carried out by Nakano.
She dug through the complex historical layers of the country by researching and comprehending diverse multilingual local culture. With the background of unilingual Japanese society, she was intrigued by the custom of having multiple languages in daily life.
In the exhibition, she tries to revitalize a camera as a communication tool. She regards it as a trigger to initiate dialogues with people, making it a real language again.
Moreover, in contrast with the current excessive act of taking selfies, she and the subject directly looked at each other via their eyes instead of the lens, as if the existence of both was assured for the moment. Although the image is not a selfie of the photographer, she exists as a reflection in the eyes of the subject. She is no longer an observer or an outsider, but rather an insider of the image.
Contrary to her intention to be political, her identity as a Japanese woman is always manifested. As long as one is born, raised, and educated in one nation, a neutral stance can never be reached as the subjects will always be affected by the presence of a photographer.
She dedicated herself to investigate the potential roles of languages, such as politics, education, identity and community. Languages weave us together, somehow make tangles, and ironically unravel themselves.