COME CLOSER by Thiemi Higashi
Thiemi Higashi is a Brazilian-Japanese multimedia artist and photographer based in Amsterdam. She graduated from the course of Fine Arts at the HKU in Utrecht in 2018 and is debuting with her first film "Maravilhosa" - which has been shown in both art and film contexts including: Best of Graduates at Ron Mandos Gallery, Cacao Fabriek in Helmond and Queer City - Screening Brazil Festival at Filmhuis Cavia.
In her works over the last two years, Thiemi Higashi has carefully examined human contact, by painting over photos of fellow students who don't talk to her, by setting up Skype photo shoots with random people from around the world and by writing a manual on “How to be accepted in the Netherlands from an exotic point of view”.
What is this strange new world we live in, where all cultures can meet, but we seem to communicate less and less? A world where technology has the power to bring us all together, but we can stay anonymous. A world where we favour our online community over our offline world. A world where friends that have passed away live on in the voice-messages on our phones. A world where it's easier than ever to make new friends who live half way around the globe. How do we become close to one another in such a world, and remain authentic? .