Kitsune - Juliana Bezerra de Mello
     
Kitsune
Mirian is a Brazilian friend of Japanese origin, a Sansei. Yet I have never talked with her about her relationship with her origins, I didn't know how she saw it or what was the relationship she had with that culture. Culture understood by everything we learn, that shapes and defines our way of being in the world, comes from outside. Comes from parents, school, friends, work. So how does it all unfold when we also have the influence of another culture in our genes ?
At the beginning of Japanese immigration to Brazil, there was a lot of resistance from migrants to fit in, they wanted to stay only a while and return home. Yet what we see today is an absorption of Japanese culture and the production of something new. Even the Japanese spoken in Brazil is a mixture of several dialects with words borrowed from Portuguese. Japanese culture in Brazil, a secular culture, is translated in the face of Mirian, which led me to wonder about the fusion of Brazilian and Japanese cultures in the identity construction of my friend.
In Japanese stories, the fox, kitsune, is an animal with magical powers, who can take human form, often in the form of a beautiful woman. I then created set scenes, inspired by this idea of 'transformation' where Mirian (like the kitsune) became a beautiful Japanese woman. I wanted to see her other half. Seeing expressed in her silence, in the plasticity of her eyes, in her introspection, in her connection with nature spirits, the thread that connects her to her ancestors.
At the beginning of the series, sleep comes to bring her other self, in the mirror she confronts this image of alterity, she seeks her self, and finds it. She takes on this other woman and lives a moment of introspective and spiritual integration. This is the ultimate moment of transformative experience. Finally she wakes up and returns from that little inner journey. And we see the beautiful and mysterious encounter between spirit and culture.
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