|all photos © Mikoko Hara|
from a current exhibit at the Getty Center: "IN FOCUS: TOKYO."
Hara was born in 1967, graduated from Keio University,
and is interested in "distance and isolation of people in public spaces – especially of women."
these photos, which I found extraordinarily moving, are from a series called AGNUS DEI
[which as you may know means Lamb of God]
"Duende rises through the body. It burns through the soles of a dancer’s feet, or expands in the torso of a singer It courses through the blood and breakers through a poet’s back like a pair of wings It smokes through the lungs; it scorches the voice; it magnifies the words. It is risky and deathward leaning. “The duende does not come at all unless he sees that death is possible,” [Garcia de] Lorca says (Deep Song). Duende, then, means something like artistic inspiration in the face of death. It has an element of mortal panic and fear. It has the power of wild abandonment. It speaks to an art that touches and transfigures death…”