mari matsuri is a French photographer. Her work has recently shown in Arles, France (at the Rencontres Photographiques) and in Gallery B in Bethesda, Maryland. It is in private collections in the US.
When in Toyko (2007-2011) she experienced the traumatising episode of March 2011’s Great Earthquake and Fukushima disaster.
In Brussels, Belgium, mari matsuri took classes at the Académie des Arts from 2001 to 2006, and silkscreen printing classes in 2012 and 2013.
Over the summer 2016 in Arles, France, she participated in a 5-day workshop with Antoine d’Agata, photographer of the Magnum Agency. The workshop’s theme was ‘the intimate journal, in the limits of the photographic act - Photography as a means of asserting a personal perception of the world’. Antoine d’Agata told her : « You have a real sense of beauty that you need to cultivate ».
She has recently refreshed her digital photography abilities at Montgomery College (Maryland), obtaining a Photography Master Certificate in Dec. 2016.
Artistic approach -
I have been taking self-portraits for about ten years. I believe photography is a means of knowing myself. My self-portraiture developed as an introspective tool and the best way to release my feelings. Photography is a dialogue with myself.
There is something sacred about the human body; I want to convey this uniqueness. I want to portray my moods, good or bad, and my states of mind as a testimony of my pilgrimage through life.
I am currently exploring the expression of fluidity in my images. Fluidity of my body and mind.
Our bodies are primarily fluid as we begin life in a liquid world. Fluidity of our movement, fluidity of our breath, fluidity of our thought. Everything is fluid.
Fluidity as something which is difficult to comprehend. It is mysterious. I explore fluidity as changeability and transience. But also fluidity as a graceful flow.
I find inspiration in the work of Francesca Woodman – especially her ‘Angels series’ where she seems to merge with her surroundings.
My ultimate goal is to allow my soul to wander freely and resonate in my images. I hope that everyone can find their own way to relate to my wanderings.