The Peruvian-Japanese artist Luciana Janaqui (b. 1987, Lima) explores overlaps, differences, and exchanges
of personal memories. Through her photographic, filmic, and performative projects, she often attempts to
guninstallh her own memory and greinstallh them into other peoplefs body through images and words, or gcopyh
peoplefs past experiences and gpasteh them into her own body by reenacting them physically.
Her work tests possibility and impossibility of sharing a story across our bodies \ devices that are potentially
interconnected \ and how it creates a new gversionh of it.
Driven by uncertainty of her own identity between Peruvian and Japanese cultures, and between Spanish and
Japanese languages, her practice also reflects how onefs identity at large has become increasingly anonymous
or pseudonymous, and plural today, thanks to the network of fractured subjectivities on the Internet, and how
it possibly embodies reality itself, as she states:
Living in various places around the world as a homeless backpacker, I was amazed by finding the gsameh things
happening in totally different settings. I saw a coffee on the desk in a goat barn in Ethiopia. I then saw another
coffee on the desk at a luxury apartment in New York. This situation repeats everywhere. They are different events,
but sharing common components, just like Instagram images with the same hashtags. They appear differently
because of different spatiotemporal conditions, and memorized differently depending on your perception and
language, but they seemed to refer to one prototypical memory stored in our collective cloud storage, so to speak.
With my work, I am interested in pushing this further, questioning self / others, body / memory, name / identity.