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1 / 9       Biratoranger, Nibutani, Hokkaido, Japan, 2015. © Laura Liverani/Lunch Bee House.
Self-named Biratoranger is an Ainu activist. He styles himself into a super-hero character borrowed from Japanese pop culture. Here he is pictured participating in a reforestation project.

2 / 9       Hibiki Yamamichi, Nibutani, Hokkaido, Japan, 2015. © Laura Liverani/Lunch Bee House.
Hibiki Yamamichi is a cultural employee at the Ainu Museum in Shiraoi. He was brought up as an Ainu by his adoptive mother in a community in the village of Nibutani. He is pictured at home, wearing his Ainu traditional robe.

3 / 9       Oki Kano, Nemuro, Hokkaido, Japan, 2015. © Laura Liverani/Lunch Bee House.
Oki Kano is an Ainu musician and founder of Oki Dub Ainu Band. Here he is pictured holding his Tonkori and wearing an owl costume in the backstage of a television recording studio. The costume was designed for his participation in a popular Japanese TV children show. The owl is one of the numerous animal-gods in Ainu folklore.

4 / 9       Yukiko Kaizawa, Nibutani, Hokkaido, Japan, 2015. © Laura Liverani/Lunch Bee House.
Yukiko Kaizawa in her attus weaving workshop. Attus is a traditional Ainu plant-based textile.

5 / 9       Maya, Nibutani, Hokkaido, Japan, 2015. © Laura Liverani/Lunch Bee House.
Maya in school uniform at her grandmother's Ainu weaving workshop. Maya was born to an Ainu mother and a Japanese father.

6 / 9       Kazunobu, Nibutani, Hokkaido, Japan, 2015. © Laura Liverani/Lunch Bee House.
Kazunobu Kawanano is a proud Ainu elder and an active member of the local Ainu community. He is pictured in front of his home, wearing a traditional attus robe his wife Motoko weaved for him.

7 / 9       Magi, Nibutani, Hokkaido, Japan, 2015. © Laura Liverani/Lunch Bee House.
Although not an Ainu by blood, Magi embraced the native way of life, having lived as an Ainu woman in the community shelter in Nibutani for many years. She is skilled in traditional Ainu embroidery, which she incorporates in her hand-made clothes, and she gathers wild plants in the mountains near her community home, where she is portrayed in this photo.

8 / 9       Monbetsu, Nibutani, Hokkaido, Japan, 2015. © Laura Liverani/Lunch Bee House.
Monbetsu, a professional deer and bear hunter, photographed outside his home with his hunting trophies. Hunting is a tradition still widely practiced among the Ainus.

9 / 9       Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, 2015. © Neo Sora/Lunch Bee House.
Hibiki Yamamichi in a still from upcoming collective documentary Ainu Neno An Ainu.

Ainu Neno An Ainu

The exhibition Ainu Nemo An Ainu features Laura Liverani's original photographic work, recently awarded Best Portfolio at Frame Foto Festival in Italy, and Lunch Bee House's moving imagery and sound installations. In addition, excerpts from the upcoming documentary lm Ainu Neno An Ainu will be be screened for the first time throughout the event.
Ainu Neno An Ainu is a documentary lm and photographic series collecting the stories of the Ainu in today’s Japan. An exploration of native identity and culture, the project addresses the sense of belonging within a community in the double process of preserving and reinventing their own culture, in the aftermath of a prolonged Japanization. Through this process, which has never halted, the Ainu legacy continues to shape villages and communities across Japan, in Hokkaido and beyond. Ainu Neno An Ainu follows the Ainu people on their individual and collective journeys from invisibility to visibility and from past to present. Their stories are mainly sourced in Nibutani, a small Hokkaido village, whose population is over 70 percent Ainu.
The project employs di􀃗erent media and approaches in unfolding Ainu narratives, from portrait photography to documentary and experimental lm. The photographic series by Laura Liverani is a collection of portraits of Ainu activists, artists and above all ordinary people. The documentary lm, co-created by Lunch Bee House (Laura Liverani, Neo Sora, Valy Thorsteinsdottir).

Ainu Neno An Ainu
Amp Cafe, 〒166-0003 東京都杉並区高円寺南4-30-1 カームステージ高円寺102 - Tokyo (Japan)
28 April 2016

opening times: Thursday, 6 pm - 11 pm
admission fee: 500 Yen
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