Mana Kikuta

Born in 1986 in Hiroshima.
Lives and works in Paris.
Graduated from the University of Photography in Tokyo, and the Higher Art School of Chalon-sur-Saône.

“Senbazulu” is a 16mm film in which hands fold and unfold a paper crane endlessly. This gesture puts us in the face of the abyss of the commemoration of the Hiroshima bomb, of which the legend of the “thousand cranes” tells, according to the words of a survivor of the disaster, that if we fold a thousand paper cranes within the year, our wish for health, longevity, love or happiness can be granted.

The origami paper (20x20cm) has been coated with a photosensitive solution which slowly turns blue when exposed to the sun. The movements and folds of the paper draw, as the gestures are repeated, a pattern on the sheet. Thus, once again flat, the sheet keeps the trace of the folds like a photograph of a prayer or a meditation, the general appearance of which seems identical, but the details of which always vary. A series of cyanotypes resulting from these manipulations is exhibited with the film.