Kento Terada

I have been creating works on the theme of “family.” Although the word “diversity” is often heard in the Japanese media, the current situation in which the family form consisting of a father, mother, and children is perceived as “correct” and “normative” has not changed. On the contrary, discriminatory remarks against sexual minorities by Japanese politicians have not stopped. I have been working on Living with my imaginary wife and little girl in order to express some kind of critical message about this situation in Japan through my work.

Living with my imaginary wife and little girl is a self-portrait work in which I set up a family reunion scene that could be seen in a TV drama or movie, and photographed myself and my invisible family members dressed as fathers. By playing the role of a normative family member, the work conveys a critical message to the old values that still exist in Japan, such as “It is natural for wives to do housework and childcare at home,” and “Girls play with pink toys, not blue ones.”

Kento Terada (1991-, Japan) is a Photographer and researcher of photography. He is currently a PhD student at Yokohama National University, majoring in Sociology (Gender Theory, Representational Culture Theory) and conducting research on photo studios and family photography in East Asia. In recent years, he has become interested in family photography and has been researching the relationship between family consciousness and family photography from a sociological perspective.