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Artist statement in photography 

Erika Matsunami


My artistic intention in analogue and digital photography is to transform things in space on a two-dimensional surface through exposure to film by releasing the shutter.

That is not a trick, but rather that it happens through natural phenomena. Thereby, the chemical phenomenon in analogue photography has totally different from intentionally dealing with natural phenomena with digital photography.

And in the process of taking a picture to create an object of the image, furthermore, it will be transposition into another space and time.

I work under the limited condition of photography generally. Thereby I use the specific optic, optic condition, film or other materials. Thereby, my attemptation is for taking unusual pictures under the low condition of photography.

It might be in between real and unreal or unknown places. The anonymity of photographic images, which makes sense for new narrativity in everyday life.

In both analogue and digital photography, I deal with the light, not the shadow by releasing the shutter. In other words, I do not engrave anything in the photographic picture, just I have been being there. It addresses being in time and space, and today, it leads to contemplating the humanity of digitization in the digital era. Mostly, I am interested in another aspect of photography more than as an artistic act, namely, as a philosophical consideration of time and space as an artistic object.

Photographs are basically produced only by contrasting the light sensitivity and optics, which exposures on film by analogue SLR camera, and on sensors by digital SLR camera.

I'm in the process of sorting out my photography (particularly analogue photography) in the drawing cabinet /Zeichenschrank. So I will update my photography little by little on this site. 

A quick note on today's photo grading standards:

There is very little that cannot be implemented with current technologies and techniques. In this case, I think that the emphasis of the standard is on intent (purpose), including the artist's (author's) unintended goals, and his/her methodology.

The quality of a photograph is, that is photographed by a person "I" in relation to the object, an act of "corresponding" in the environment of the object.

Analogue Photography B.O.D.Y.

B.O.D.Y. - the second skin with anologue photography colour and B&W (2000–2009/2023) for the exhibiton SKIN, Dark Gallery CPH

B.O.D.Y. - the second skin (2000 – 2009 / 2023)

"skin as a bodily organ"

The information is transmitted to the brain via neurons. sensory neurons send information from the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin to the brain. As an artistic representation, I mechanically explore it by analogizing this subtlety and structural complexity.

Digital Photography N.N - Zwischenliegend

Analogue photography Wonderland (2023)

This photo project "Wonderland" consists of my analog photographs from the 1990s to around 2006 and analog photographs taken in Berlin in 2023. Both use black & white and color film.


Analog photography from the later1990s to around 2006 is not a city, but a natural landscape photograph of the countryside. Geographically, which pictures I cannot remember in where I have taken. (Ich suche und sammle seit Anfang der 90er Jahre bis heute "Steine" für Bildhauerei in Europa. So lernte ich die Geographie, Topographie und das Klima in Europa kennen. Ich fotografiere auch heute noch mit meiner analogen Spiegelreflexkamera.)

Storytelling is about 'time and space' from my relationship to places where I can't remember, which places, they can't be shown on maps, just the images in my memory, from photographs, that what I wanted to capture there. The analog photographs taken in Berlin in 2023 are about places that can be presented on a map and "time and space" in my living space (historically in the 1990s the word 'Lebensraum*' (Habitat) still applied as a term, right after the end of the Cold War in Germany.), today people say 'around me - in my surroundings'. In doing so, I will deal with the subject of the artistic act of photographing and recording as well as commemorating or memorialising. What I looked for the place, where I can find 'stone' for the sculpture, and took the surrounding (nature). For example, the relationship between the Greek island of Naxos and marble, and geography and topography. I looked for the origin of the European sculpture and explored meaning of 'stone' for comparing with the asian culture. I already lived in Berlin. In Berlin, the Cold War between East and West had just ended, and the East-West problem was the center of attention.


In my artistic research, this point of 'stone' and its geography is different of origin of mythology between north and south european countries. I have visited to the places in Denmark and Sweden in 2018 after 2016, my visiting for attending the conference and the congress, in Uppsala, Sweden, in Barcelona, Spain, in Athens, Greece and in Warsaw, Poland in 2016.


*The reason that this became the subject of 'Lebensraum' (Habitat) in the massacres of Jews and nomads in Europe under the German Nazi dictatorship was due to the fact that it was used bureaucratically by the ideology of persecution against the lack of origin. (that the ideology of persecution against origin-lessness was bureaucratically exploited.)

Artistic research Urban Hub

Digital photography o.T. - transformative processes

This work is digital photography from 2014 to today.

Keywords: aging; ecology; environment; cognition; 

under construction

Analogue Photography I–ARUIWA

Without computer processing.
Scanned directly from the original film and printed on archival paper.

My photographic work is a work of art where light falls on the film when the shutter button is pressed (exposure on film by the analogue photo camera). This process makes it possible to print the digitized data (scanned) directly onto archival paper without exposing the photo paper from the film. This is a suitable method of my photographic work.

This work captures the environment and the light reflected from the water drops.

Artistic research "From threefoldness to multi-foldness"

Exhibiiton in photography 2004 – today (selection)
- body landscape
2004: im Rahmen des Programms „Japanisches kulturelles Jahr in Griechenland 2004“ mit Hiromi Miyamoto im Naxos Metropolis Catholic Cultural Center, Naxos, Griechenland
2008: Verborgenes Museum, Berlin

- B.O.D.Y.
2009: Kunstforum der GEDOK Hamburg, Hamburg
B.O.D.Y. - "SPACE IS STRUCTURATION OF BODIES IN TIME“ #01 und #02, Verborgenes Museum, Berlin
Das Foto Image Fa
ctory, Berlin
2010: Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin
Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin
2011: Frauenmuseum Bonn, Bonn
Diip - L’Associazione culturale Diip, Venedig, Italien
2012: Galerie Wedding, Berlin
2023: Dark Gallery CPH, im Rahmen des Programms Copenhagen Photo Festival, Kopenhagen, Dänemark

- Portfolio B.O.D.Y. (2003 – 2009)
2009 – 2010: Art-identity / Erika Matsunami
2011: Diip - L’Associazione culturale Diip, Venedig, Italien

- I - Aruiwa
2008: Verborgenes Museum, Berlin
2009: Galerie Kunstflügel, Rangsdorf, Brandenburg
2013: Galerie GEDOK-Berlin, Berlin

- re/cycle - "I'm also there"
2011: Galerie M, Berlin

- Flüchten von der Erinnerung (Escaping the memory)
2014: Galerie GEDOK-Berlin, Berlin

- Salbe
2015: Galerie GEDOK-Berlin, Berlin

- Les coloris
2016: Galerie GEDOK-Berlin, im Rahmen des Programms European Month of Photography, Berlin

- N.N - Zwischenliegend
2018: Galerie GEDOK-Berlin, im Rahmen des Programms European Month of Photography, Berlin
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