In this exhibit, Paula Fujiwara invites us to reflect on Okinawa, an island that is supposedly idyllic but not without contradictions. The series Manifesto (2014) is a criticism of Okinawan politicians who fill the streets with posters with electoral promises that are never fulfilled. On the other hand, the Retropolis series (2014-2017) portrays Okinawa buildings in danger of disappearing. It is a way of keeping in mind a paradisiacal Okinawa that is fading due to the presence of US military bases and urban development.
The unsaid is the flower
The flower represents the organic flow of the cycles of life, the archetypal expression of beauty and the power of the unspeakable. The theme of this collection is to capture the conciliation of the visible and the invisible world. The photos were taken in Japan, Okinawa and Shirakawago.
Living in the city, I was amazed by all of the contradictions in society, the use and misuse of uniforms of all kinds and all of the beauty of nature and richness of the culture.
The underlying theme is a very personal one. Understanding my own contradictions and vulnerability, I see this period as a process of transformation and reaching some kind of ecstasy and liberation. These photos show different perspectives on this process but leave a lot unsaid, like flowers blossoming in the music of silence.