Japonisme (self care)
2021, digital video, stereo, 11:05
Japonisme (self care) documents an improvised performance by Elena in the bath of a Tokyo love hotel, around New Year.
Fruit is a popular formal gift in Japan. It must be both shaped and presented perfectly, and is consequently very expensive.
Fruit-growing is considered an art. Techniques used in cultivation include training, supporting and monitoring the plants; giving each piece of fruit its own sunhat; allowing each vine or branch to support only one fruit; pollinating blossoms with a hand-held brush; and even individual massage.
As a "foreign" resident of Japan, an enthusiast of its traditional bathing practices, and a recipient of its famed resistance to integration, Japonisme is the artist's attempt to find an entry point to cultural immersion.