Bird, Night, and then

インド・ビハール州の、とあるフリースクールにムケシュはいた。

幼い頃から医者になる夢を持っていた彼は、そのおかげでまっすぐに目標に向かって生きてくることができたのだが、医者になる事で病弱な父を救いたかった彼にとって父の死は目的の喪失に繋がり、その先の不安に押し潰されそうになり、進む道を見失ってしまった。

 

この国ではカースト差別や家族からのプレッシャー、将来への不安を理由に、唯一知る希望の道を進めなくなることが多くの学生が自殺する主な理由だ。

貧困から抜け出すこと、両親からの期待、自分の将来の可能性、それらに対する答えは、彼らが選べるほど多くない。

しかし、本当にその道しかなかったのだろうか?

ムケシュは次の自分の可能性として以前から興味を持っていた別の道に進む事を決め、家族もそれを許してくれた。

 

今見えているこの世界・状況だけが人生の全てではない。

彼は新たな生き方を求めて首都デリーへ旅立った。

それは勇気のいる事で、その先に必ずしも明るい未来が待っているとは限らない。

しかし、立ち止まっていても何も変わらない。

新たに歩みを進める事でムケシュの孤独と苦難の夜は夜明けに向かい、新しい光が照らしだす美しく、可能性に溢れた世界がここから始まるのだ。

 

 

※本書内に出てくる物語は実際にムケシュやその周りの少年に起きた出来事を元に、彼から受け取った手紙、周辺へのインタビューを元に作者が構成したフィクションである。

Hardcover: 156 pages

 

Size: 230mm x 175mm x 25mm

 

55 editions only

11,500 JPY plus shipping fee

 

 

◎Photo / A part of the illustration / Text / Edit / Print / Bookbinding: Kenji Chiga

 

◎English editor: Ali Baghani, Yurika Miyoshi, Priyanka Chharia, Takeru Suzuki

 

◎Concept, edit and art-direction: developed in the 2016 photo book making masterclass by Yumi Goto, Sandra van der Doelen and Teun van der Heijden, in collaboration with Reminders Photography Stronghold.

 

 

 

日本語:ご注文はこちら

http://reminders-project.org/rps/birdnightandthensalejp/

 

English:Order page

http://reminders-project.org/rps/birdnightandthensaleen/

Mukesh was in the free school in Bihar, India.

He had a dream of becoming a doctor since childhood. that's why, he could live straight towards the goal.

But for him who wanted to save a sickly father by becoming a doctor, his father's death led to a loss of purpose, and he crushed by his anxiety and lost sight of his way.

 

 

In this country, The main reason why many students commit suicide is that they can't take the way of hope that they know, because of caste discrimination, pressure from families and anxiety about the future.

Liberation from poverty, expectations from parents, future possibilities, and answers to it are not so many as they can choose.

But was it really the only answer?

Mukesh decided to proceed the new way that he had been interested for some time back as the next possibility of his own, and his family forgave that as well.

 

Only this visible world and situation now is not all of our life.

He left for Delhi in search of a new life.

Beyond that, a bright future is not always waiting, so that choice requires courage.

Nothing will change if you stop.

By taking a new step, the night of his solitude and suffering heads for dawn.A new world where light is shining, beautiful and full of possibility, will start from right there.

 

 

※This body of work is inspired by true-life events. I worked closely with my subject in order to write the text in the book, which was derived from the letter that I received from him and some interviews.