„the joy of not knowing” is a series of works created in Tokyo and Kyoto in September 2018. This was my first trip to Japan and I often felt like a fish carried away in an intense stream. Especially while experiencing the rush hour in the Tokyo subway when it is hard to stop and absolutely impossible to change your direction. Finally you are spit out somewhere, probably with no idea where you have landed.
But I never had a feeling of unease. Once you give yourself up to this energy, you become part of it. The intensity of the cities astonished me. The colors, scents and tastes fascinated me endlessly.
The people and their rituals remained mysterious to me. Many Japanese are very shy, probably not sure what to expect from a contact with a foreigner. One child started to cry when looking at me, so I better tried to avoid eye contact from there on.
This journey made me feel like an amazed, silent observer, a stranger diving into a strange new world, while enjoying the flow.