A-ah! Matsushima, ah!
Matsushima is a group of islands in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. It consists of 260 tiny islands (shima) covered in pines (matsu) and is considered to be one of the Three Views of Japan.
Matsuo Basho (1644-94), born Matsuo Kinsaku, was one of the greatest haiku poets of the Edo period in Japan. Matsushima was the chosen home of Bashu in the later years of his life. After his first visit to the islands, in 1689, he wrote the Matsushima poem as an expression of joy and adoration of their indescribable beauty.
People of different origins were asked to read the poem, thinking of a place or a person that left an indelible trace in
their soul. They were free to choose the place of the reading and free in their expression.
In March 2011 the Matsushima area was severely affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit northern Japan.
This work is our tribute to Matsushima.
Artistic direction by Irina Anufrieva; video by piak, Katya Sivers & Valter Tsurcan; editing & production by piak; editing (Mariestad) by Katya Sivers
The poem is read by Joanna Bodzek, Michel Klöfkorn, Petri Tigercrona , Helena Österlund, Marie Gavois, David Bremer, Stephanie Jane Halmos, Jesper Andersson, Johan Landgren, Stewart Wilson, Vita Dumchyute, Andres, Diaz Garcia, Dafne Laidi, Alexey Strelnikov, Katerina Chekatkovskaya, Kristina Grekova, Katerina Azgirey, Dzina Danilovich, Eugen Goron and Valter Tsurcan
Thanks to Joanna Bodzek, Dzina Danilovich, Dafne Leid and Stadslaboratoriet Konsthall in Mariestad
Irina Anufrieva for Ki-Mono Reconstruction. 2011-2015.