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Sway Gallery London: Jiji and Kinako on Washi Photography Exhibition


The world of Jiji and Kinako through photographs printed on Japanese traditional paper, washi, at Sway Gallery in London.

Sway Gallery Akiko Dupont Jiji and Kinako on Washi www.lovejapanmagazine.com
Sway Gallery Akiko Dupont Jiji and Kinako on Washi www.lovejapanmagazine.com

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One day, at 94, Jiji’s life was turned “down-side-up” by Kinako the Cat. Until Jiji was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he was a very outgoing man, but he gradually lost interest in life and became grumpier than ever. Kinako the Cat turned that around.
This exhibition shows how the border between animals and humans melts. Although Alzheimer’s is a disease that brings sadness and loneliness because of its hollowness, in that hollowness there are points of light that are moments of pure joy, no matter how ephemeral they may be.
Akiko hopes that through this exhibition, the viewers will be filled with Jiji and Kinako’s love, joy, and warmth.

About Akiko DuPont

Documentary photographer based in Tokyo and London. She is interested in how people experience the world and focuses on allowing the subjects’ messages to shine through the photographs she takes.
Her works have appeared in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post Japan, metro.co.uk, and so on.
Part of the sales will be donated by Akiko to the Alzheimer’s Society.

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