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. As a performance artist, I saw an opportunity to express qualities unique to Onishi by exploring identity and time restrictions in interpersonal relationships. It was under these circumstances that I decided to conduct one-on-one interviews in costumes that I changed for each participant. Each interview was conducted in a traditional tatami room inside a house 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 a folktale and is typically translated into English as “once upon a time”.