Artist:
-> Moe Suzuki

Book:
-> Sokohi

Publisher:
-> Chose Commune

Moe Suzuki - Sokohi - Bildersturm Blog
© Moe Suzuki / Chose Commune
Moe Suzuki - Sokohi - Bildersturm Blog
© Moe Suzuki / Chose Commune
Moe Suzuki - Sokohi - Bildersturm Blog
© Moe Suzuki / Chose Commune
Moe Suzuki - Sokohi - Bildersturm Blog
© Moe Suzuki / Chose Commune

About the Book

As her father gradually loses his sight due to glaucoma, artist Moe Suzuki begins to document the daily life they share together. The resulting images are mixed with photographs from the family archive, as well as those taken by her father.

Through these images, Moe Suzuki attempts to show what sighted people can see but her father cannot, and to imagine what her father sees but others cannot. Publisher’s Info

Moe Suzuki - Sokohi - Bildersturm Blog
© Moe Suzuki / Chose Commune
Moe Suzuki - Sokohi - Bildersturm Blog
© Moe Suzuki / Chose Commune
Moe Suzuki - Sokohi - Bildersturm Blog
© Moe Suzuki / Chose Commune
Moe Suzuki - Sokohi - Bildersturm Blog
© Moe Suzuki / Chose Commune
Moe Suzuki - Sokohi - Bildersturm Blog
© Moe Suzuki / Chose Commune

Sokohi is a Japanese word in use since the 16th century as a general term for optical disease causing visual impairment, which literally means “shadow in the bottom.”   Aosokohi, literally “green shadow in the bottom,” was used to specify glaucoma.  There is a theory of the origin of this word that ao (green) comes from Hippocrates’ writing, which says that before going blind the pupil turns the green colour of the Mediterranean Sea.  Despite having such a long history and being the most common cause for visual impairment in present day Japan, glaucoma’s cause is not totally understood and treatment is not always effective. 

My father’s glaucoma is such a case.  Daily medication for fourteen years and surgery did not particularly control his high eye pressure, which caused slow but progressive visual field defects.  He wakes up to a slightly darker morning every day, and when he tries to grab something his hands often grasp at the air instead of the item.

Moe Suzuki

Moe Suzuki - Sokohi - Bildersturm Blog

-> Nähere Informationen/ Further information: https://chosecommune.com/book/moe-suzuki-sokohi/

About the Artist

Moe Suzuki was born in Tokyo and studied photography at London College Communications, University of the Arts London.

Upon returning to Tokyo after the Great Eastern Earthquake in 2011, Moe Suzuki taught herself book binding skills and started a career as a visual artist, working primarily with photography, mixed with archival images and illustrations in order to tell narratives in book form.

Her work focuses on topics such as community life, people with disabilities or spirituality.  She also works as a book binder and book binding consultant for the artists from photographers to printmakers for their own artists’ books. 

Related Tags: Family; Japanese

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