The Shibayamas by Giancarlo Shibayama
Signed copies only, 99 editions only
Aware of the fragile nature of memory and of how it is always in transformation, this is why Giancarlo was keen on materializing this process in a visual projects. Fiction allowed him to fill in certain gaps in my memory, and the use of photography to visualize these events that have faded away in time. In this way he is able to tell a personal story in the light of his family´s history.
He never talked
This photobook is my grandfather’s personal diary, I mix the historical files of the Japanese migration to Peru with the photos of my family album, I show the relationship of my grandfather (Sakae Shibayama) and my grandmother (Hatsume Nagaki) next to the historical facts that marked the Japanese migration to Peru.
He travelled on an island
The relocation of a part of my family from Japan to Peru (1918) involved a process of transculturation and a reorganization of their identity parameters. The day my paternal grandfather died in 1997, I saw some members of my family tear off from their photo albums, the images in which they appeared, to take them away. The partially empty albums led me to inquire about my origins, Japanese Amazonians (my mother is a Chinese descendant settled in Pucallpa, on the banks of the Huallaga river in the Peruvian Amazon).
The Shibaymas – The documents
When the first migrants arrived in Peru, many of the first names of the first Japanese were poorly written by the authorities. Over time it became a problem for legal matters.This book compiles a group of official documents (Peruvian) in which my last name appears with spelling errors, some were corrected, others were not.