프랑스 아티스트의 일본 근로자들의 유니폼 프로젝트 Artist Documents Over 100 Proud Workers of Japan in Uniform


Artist Documents Over 100 Proud Workers of Japan in Uniform

By Emma Taggart on March 30, 2019


No matter their occupation, Japanese people tend to take great pride in their work. So much so that there’s a specific Japanese word to describe these industrious employees: hatarakimono. Inspired by Japanese work culture, French artist Frank Le Petit (aka K-Narf) began the Hatarakimono Project in 2016. Over the span of 14 months the artist photographed 102 everyday workers in uniform.



 

프랑스 아티스트의 일본 근로자들의 유니폼 프로젝트 


   일본 사람들은 그들의 직업에 상관없이 그들의 일에 큰 자부심을 갖는 경향이 있다. 너무 많아서 이 근면한 직원들을 묘사할 수 있는 특정한 일본 단어가 있다. 바로 하타라키모노다. 일본의 작품문화에 영감을 받아 프랑스 화가 프랭크 르 페티(K나프)가 2016년 '하타라키모노 프로젝트'를 시작했다. 14개월 동안 그 화가는 제복을 입은 102명의 일용직 근로자들을 사진에 담았다.


K나프는 휴대용 스튜디오를 각 피실험자의 작업장으로 가지고 와서, 작은 변 위에 서서 사진을 찍기 위해 일상적인 업무에서 몇 분 정도 벗어나 달라고 부탁했다. 각각의 초상화는 3부작으로 만들어졌고, 약 10년 전에 화가에 의해 발명된 원본 테이프-오그래프로 수작업으로 처리되었다. 배경은 패킹 테이프와 잉크젯 프린터를 사용하여 수동으로 처리된 사진에 경의를 표하기 위해 만들어진다. 열차 차장부터 엘리베이터 운전사까지, 각각의 근로자들은 시간에 맞춰 냉동된 장난감 케이스 안에 포장된 액션 피규어처럼 보이도록 액자화 되어 있다.


황기철 콘페이퍼 에디터 큐레이터

Ki Cheol Hwang, conpaper editor, curator


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K-Narf brought a portable studio to each subject’s place of work and asked them to take a few minutes out from their daily duties to stand on a small stool and be photographed. Each portrait was made as a triptych and manually processed as original tape-o-graphs—a photographic method invented by the artist about 10 years ago. The backgrounds are created using packing tape and inkjet printers to pay homage to manually processed photography. From a train conductor to an elevator operator, each worker is framed to look as though they’re action figures packaged inside toy casings, frozen in time.


K-Narf believes it’s important to document these hard-working Japanese people before their jobs are replaced by modern technology. The artist explains in a statement, “The Hatarakimono Project did not stay long just as ‘an extra-ordinary visual archive for the future’ because at the time of extreme-present, where changes often happen faster than expected, it’s already becoming a unique historical photographic documentary.”


K-Narf plans to archive the series until 2042, when he will exhibit it in various museums around the world. If you can’t wait that long, you can see the exhibition early at Agnes b. galerie-boutique in Tokyo from March 30th through to May 5th, 2019.


You can see more from the Hatarakimono Project on K-Narf’s website.




French artist Frank Le Petit (aka K-Narf) began the Hatarakimono Project in 2016 to document Japanese workers in uniform.


Japanese Work Culture Hatarakimono Project by K-Narf

Japanese Work Culture Hatarakimono Project by K-Narf

All 102 subjects were asked to take a few minutes out from their daily duties to stand on a small stool and be photographed.

Japanese Work Culture Hatarakimono Project by K-Narf

Japanese Work Culture Hatarakimono Project by K-Narf

Japanese Work Culture Hatarakimono Project by K-Narf



Each worker is framed to look as though they’re action figures packaged inside toy casings, frozen in time.

Japanese Work Culture Hatarakimono Project by K-NarfJapanese Work Culture Hatarakimono Project by K-NarfJapanese Work Culture Hatarakimono Project by K-NarfJapanese Work Culture Hatarakimono Project by K-NarfJapanese Work Culture Hatarakimono Project by K-NarfJapanese Work Culture Hatarakimono Project by K-Narf


Japanese Work Culture Hatarakimono Project by K-NarfJapanese Work Culture Hatarakimono Project by K-NarfJapanese Work Culture Hatarakimono Project by K-Narf

Frank Le Petit / K-Narf: Website | Facebook | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Frank Le Petit / K-Narf.

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