11 Jan, 2023
Arakawa-river flows around Tokyo metropolitan area. Its riverside is normally crowded with couples, anglers, and baseball kids, during the daytime. However, once sun set and most left, riverside is going to be acting as a meeting place for gay men to find someone, having one-night sex with. I found several gay meeting places alongside Arakawa-river. I kept visiting those places and watching those gay men shaking in between desire and reality, through reflecting fragility of human life into a flow of the river.River flows, time flows, and people flow as well. Under such a collection of flows, modern ethical standards often fade away into the darkness. And I noticed that there is nothing which can be called absolute right or wrong, but whatever we do just equals zero, just like the flow of a river.
Born in 1983. Keiji Fujimoto is a photographer, currently based in Tokyo. He has created several photo projects focusing on the people living in the shadow of society. His projects often deal with his experience which he grew up as a gay in Japan. Currently he focuses on Arakawa, a river flowing around Tokyo metropolitan area, and those gay men who have riverside sex during the night time. Selected Awards: 2019- 1st place, Pride Photo Award 2019 - selected, Higashikawa Town of Photography Scholarship2017 - shortlisted, Photolux Photobook Award 2017 - shortlisted, Kassel Dummy Book Award 2017 - shortlisted, FUAM Dummy Book Award 2015 - selected, Lens Culture Emerging Talent Award 2014 - grand prize, Ueno Hikoma Award 2012 - 1st place, Gordon Parks International Photo Award Selected Solo Exhibitions: 2022 - "equals zero" Higashikawa Culture Gallery (Hokkaido, Japan) 2019 - “Forget-me-not” ex-Junpu elementary school building / KG+Select (Kyoto, Japan) 2017 - “Forget-me-not” Reminders Photography Stronghold (Tokyo, Japan) 2016 - “Forget-me-not” Community Center akta / Tokyo Rainbow Pride (Tokyo, Japan) Selected Group Exhibitions: 2019 - "Forget-me-not" De Hallen (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 2017 - "Forget-me-not" Kiyosato Photo Art Museum (Yamanashi, Japan) 2015 - “Forget-me-not” SanFrancisco Camera Work Gallery (California, U.S.)2012 - “Living in a Cave” Tokyo Photographic Art Museum (Tokyo, Japan) 2012 - “Abandoned Region” Gordon Parks Center (Kansas, U.S.) Books: 2021 - "Contemporary Gender and Sexuality in Africa" co-author (Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon) 2017 - "Forget-me-not" 83 limited edition (self-published) Permanent Collection: Kiyosato Photo Art Museum