ARTIST STATEMENT

I make community-based Photography projects, installations, and videos. I moved to New York City in 1997, and have been working with immigrant and underserved minority communities ever since. As an immigrant myself, I am interested in the mixing of these histories with the local culture. Growing up in Japan, I adored the American pop culture of the 1950s and early 1960s. My projects reflect this influence as I recreate that characteristic vibrancy and hyper-saturation of color as a nostalgic throwback to what was then my future dream of America. As a resident of New York City, living in various neighborhoods, I find the established cultures within my New York homes and photograph the color, joy and life of the people who are living in those diverse communities.

HIDEMI TAKAGI