昔々 (lit. “mukashi mukashi”) was an interactive project that was performed in Japan at Shiro Oni Studio in 2017. Every year, artists stay at the studio and the surrounding town of Onishi to make art inspired by the location. I wanted to express qualities unique to Onishi by exploring its interpersonal relationships with identity and time. It was under these circumstances that I decided to conduct one-on-one interviews with townspeople and fellow artists while dressed in costumes which changed for each participant. Each interview was a private conversation and was conducted in a traditional tatami room inside a townhouse owned by the studio. Moreover, each interview was commemorated with a timed photograph of myself and the participant on location. This served to create the photographic series.
The project’s name refers to the Japanese phrase that begins folktales and is often translated into English as “once upon a time”.