‘Imagine Finding Me’ by Chino Otsuka

paris, france, 1982 and 2005The photograph above, on first look, appears to be just another holiday snap.  Two girls standing outside a patisserie somewhere in Paris.

Most of that previous paragraph was correct – except that this is not two girls, it’s the same girl twice.  It comes from a series of photographs called ‘Imagine Finding Me’ by Chino Otsuka.kamakura, japan, 1976 and 2005By using photographs of the artist as a young girl, Chino Otsuka seamlessly superimposes herself from a later photograph into the older one – creating an impossible image, a synthesis of two mutually exclusive moments in a person’s life and posing the tantalizing question of what would you say to your younger self?

“The digital process becomes a tool, almost like a time machine, as I’m embarking on the journey to where I once belonged and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history.”

Chino often uses self-portraiture in her photography to examine the relationship between belonging, memory and identity, often associated with a sense of place, home, displacement and loss.spain, 1975 and 2005I found the original article on the designboom website, it is well worth a look, there’s even a little video of the artist talking about her work for an exhibition from 2012 in Amsterdam, which included the ‘Imagine Finding Me’ series, called ‘A World of Memories‘.

1984 and 2005 London, UK, from the series Imagine Finding Me

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