laisa maria

You Uchi Me Soto

During an intensive stay in Japan, I investigated the relationship between myself as Soto [外 - outsider, untrusted, public, exclusive, uncomfortable] and the Japanese as Uchi [内- insider, intimate, involved, trusted, comfortable, familiar, inclusive] by trying to get close to strangers in public space.  

This work is an assemblage of different meetings with different locals across Japan and an investigation of the space between these two powerful cultural extremes. During my stay, the camera was like a Janus, trying to penetrate the Uchi-Soto dichotomie in the Japanese public space, itself being the very excluded middle.