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SMOKE – Maiko Minarai

It belongs to the project "Projections of the Absolute", where Sintora pretends to be another artist in an exercise of creativity.
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Maiko Minarai perceives the Geishas as a living artwork, hence his interest in them. He tells us that in origin the word GEISHA means “Person of the Arts” and in their performances they boast of the mastery of various types of art such as traditional dances, singing, literature, poetry, etc, besides they are experts in playing traditional instruments, dominate the art of conversation and general culture. All this makes them expert entertainers from the 18th century.
In “SMOKE” Maiko represents the “fleetingness of beauty in its ideal world of Geisha”, the passage of time that fades away, slowly, little by little, like smoke, which expands, dilutes and finally disappears.
Maiko likes to leave the door open for the observer to draw his own conclusions, and in this project Maiko sends us a Haiku, a Japanese poem that inspired it and that in a way represents the essence of this project and so be able to direct the viewer in a direction with multitude of paths:

Koi koi to iedo hotaru ga tonde yuku

“Come, come”, I said, but the firefly flew away.
The Haikus usually hide in very few words many feelings and symbolism, they are an example of subtlety and austerity, although very difficult to translate. It is a poetic genre that captures the moment, a moment though seemingly insignificant full of meaning and beauty in symbiosis with the art of the Geisha. Maiko in “Smoke” is faithful to this concept of the minimum, the subtle and the delicate.
And as the expanding smoke, in constant movement, disappears and melts in the transience of the ticking of time.