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Born in 1992 in Saitama Prefecture, Japan, Ana SCRIPCARIU-OCHIAI is a mixed-media artist who sensitively explores ways to take root in her two home countries of Japan and Romania under the theme, "connections between land and people”. She performs cultural and anthropological fieldwork including the documentation of indigenous festivals and folk religions in various parts of Japan and abroad. In recent years, she has been involved in the field of primatology as an extension of her work.
SCRIPCARIU-OCHIAI graduated at the top of her class at Tokyo University of the Arts with a degree in Oil Painting and as valedictorian of the Faculty of Fine Arts, where she completed an MA in Global Art Practice. She is now enrolled in Tokyo University of the Arts’ doctoral program in the field of sculpture.
SCRIPCARIU-OCHIAI has exhibited in Japan and internationally at The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan (2020-2021), The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Romania (2020), Hoi An, Vietnam (2019), Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan (2019), Chambord, Paris, France (2017), and more.
Photo by Tatsuyuki Tayama
Photo by Tatsuyuki Tayama
Photo by Tatsuyuki Tayama
Burying the Bones - One’s Final Home
Video and sound installation
15-minute loop
Materials: 360-degree multi-screen projector, 7.1 surround sound, rotating gyroscope mobile
Production, images, editing: Ana SCRIPCARIU-OCHIAI
Sound: Bataco
Exhibition/Venue: Terrada Art Award 2021 Finalist Exhibition, Terrada Art Complex (Tokyo, Japan), Meruro Washida Award awarded work
-A sense of belonging in the context of the isolation policy and international marriage-

This work is the third chapter in a series of video installations, which could be called a trilogy, that began in Hoi An, Vietnam in 2019.

In Vietnam in 2019, I came across the grave of a Japanese person who had laid at rest for a long time in a foreign land owing to the "isolation policy" of Edo period Japan. The grave was built facing the direction of Japan. Legend has it that the grave's owner, who was separated from his Vietnamese fiancée by the isolation policy, crossed the sea to find her. The existence of that grave makes us think about national policies and the individual thoughts that sometimes cross the boundaries that separate people.

Although Hoi An once had a Japanese town and there were various studies conducted by the Japanese about that town, about the grave's owner there were only legends and it was extremely difficult to get an accurate understanding of his life story. The situation being such, relying on the information that was inscribed on the gravestone, the artist visited Hirado, Nagasaki, his birthplace, which lay beyond the gaze of the grave. Through this place, the artist encountered a variety of things that symbolize the "isolation policy and international marriage" as well as "things that create gaps and things that go beyond them". The overlap of sounds and images brings to the surface these perspectives that transcend time and space.

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Production collaboration
Installation: KASUYA Kenzo, KUSAKA Ryugo / Projector sponsor: Delta Electronics / Engineer: TANAKA Shinji / Sound engineer: TAKAGI Hajime / Video editing: AOKI Risa / English subtitles: NOMURA Yoshifumi / Fixtures: HAYAKAWA Reimi
Ikitsuki Island Museum Shimanoyakata / Matsuura Historical Museum / Hirado Dutch Trading Post / KIKUCHI Seiichi / Art Collective “Residence Projekt” (Now: iittee)
Photo by Ana Scripcariu-Ochiai
The beginning of my journey is the beginning of your journey.
Photo by Masanobu Nishino
Blessing Beyond the Borders