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The Heart is Beating



video installation, 38 min 22 sec

I was listening to a psychiatrist friend talk about the death of a person with schizophrenia. As we delved deeper, he mentioned that his own sister, who may have had schizophrenia, also died in a river several years ago. I could see glimpses of his dual perspectives: thinking about schizophrenia as a doctor and feeling about it as a family member. So, I suggested he write a letter and a medical chart about his sister.

This work was created through a series of dialogues between us, starting from the words his sister spoke just before she passed away: "My heart is beating." Narratives about mental illness and death often emphasize the tragic and sorrowful aspects. He says, "I cannot agree with simple sadness." Indeed, we may often understand many events in our daily lives too simplistically. He continues to think about questions that have no answers.

In his letter, he said, "I finally realized that I don't have to make a sad, crying face when I am sad, or a happy face when I am happy."

精神科医の友人からある統合失調症の方の死についての話を聞いていた。 話を掘り下げると、統合失調症の可能性がある自身の姉も数年前に川で亡くなっていたという話が出た。医者として統合失調症を考えること、家族として想うこと、そうした二つの顔が交互に垣間見えた。私は彼に、姉についての手紙とカルテを書いてみないかと提案することにした。










"Mitsubishi Corporation Art Gate Program 2021-2022: New Works by 6 Supporting Artists"

February 15 (Wed) - 26 (Sun), 2023

Daikanyama Hillside Forum | Tokyo, JPN

photo by Keizo Kioku

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