忘れないでください

Please do not forget

This performance took place in a terrain vague that was left after the demolition of an old Japanese house. It was situated in front of the artist’s grandmother’s house, where she was living at the moment. Due to their construction techniques and materials, old Japanese houses were meant to be rebuilt every 10 to 15 years. Somehow this house remained intact for more than twenty five. She remembers it from a distant visit during her childhood. After all those years, one day, it was finally torn into pieces. It only took three days to demolish the whole structure of a building that secretly kept the memories of those who once inhabited it. The demolition allowed more light to come into the neighboring houses, leaving an open and quite absence.

The artist watered the expression “忘れないでください” (wasurenaide kudasai) which means “please do not forget,” on the dry ground. A gesture of respect similar to the minute of silence offered when a beloved one passes away. A valediction that invites us to question the importance of the past as part of our identities.