• Photographer
    Tomiko Jones, United States
  • Prize
    Bronze Winner in Fine Art/Conceptual

Hatsubon is a memorial exhibition exploring the dynamic tension between tradition and performance. The work lives in the diaphanous space between life and death, suggesting the dualities of the fleeting and the lasting, the ephemeral and the corporeal, and the pendulous state between longing and release. The ceremony of hatsubon marks the first anniversary of a loved one’s death, a Japanese Buddhist custom honoring ancestors with a ritual of sending of a boat. On the dawn of his hatsubon, we sent the boat to sea from the shores of Hawai’i in honor of my father. 4x5 and 120 film.