photographer: Angela von Brill
The work “my father 2” recounts a special father-son relationship, told in the form of an interview. The artist reflects upon intergenerational differences that may arise from diverse cultural socialisation settings. Born in Japan, Kunimoto has spent the last few years studying at Braunschweig University of Art (HBK). In conversation with his seriously ill father, the artist asks him questions and illustrates “Japanese practicality”. In his father’s generation, showing emotions in public is considered a sign of weakness. Highly visible, albeit no less existent, his love and affection for his son. In spite of all its efforts to achieve visual aesthetic practicality and the deliberately chosen interview style, “My father 2” is arguably the most intimate lichtsicht contribution.
Originally from Tokyo, Japan. Participated in a project interviewing survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack as a student. After a few short films, creation of his first film “Meine Reise mit den Atombombenüberlebenden” (2010), a documentary about a journey around the world to report on people’s experiences of the atomic bomb. In Kobe, worked with youth as a media educationalist. Moved to Germany in 2012 as a result of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. “Endlager” (2014) about the problem of the storage of nuclear waste. “Zweite Heimat” (2016) about people with a migration background in Braunschweig. Film screenings in Japan and Germany. Currently attending Braunschweig University of Art, focusing on film. Film projects in Japan and Germany. Father of three children. takashikunimoto.net