September 18 (Wed) – October 5 (Sat) Atsushi Sakai photo exhibition.
When I was a child, a traveling toad oil salesman came to the town where I was born. He opened up his large trunk to reveal a great number of snakes. He snatched up a single snake from the trunk and let it bite his arm. The blood ran down his arm, dripping onto the ground. At that point, the salesman applied a dab of toad oil to his arm, which stopped the blood flowing from his wound almost instantly. For some time after that, I was plagued by dreams in which I was surrounded by an untold number of snakes.
‘Shashin Hyakumonogatari’ are tales told in words and photographs which are inspired by the Japanese ghost stories of yore. The Japanese word ‘jabami’ literally means ‘to eat a snake.’ I brought in a real python for this work. I am still frightened by snakes to this day, but the beautiful woman who appears in the story is at times more frightening than the snake, though she is also sad.