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We offer our respect to Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people

Searching for Terauchi

Cristea Zhao

Side Gallery
29 Jun 2019–20 Jul 2019
Opening 6pm Friday June 28th

Osamu Dazai is one of the most significant Japanese novelist of the 20th century. ‘Sorry for being born’ (生れて、すみません), the subtitle of one of his works, is his famous life statement. However, it was plagiarized from an obscure struggling poet, Terauchi. When Terauchi discovered, he cried out ‘As if my life has been stolen, I’m destroyed…’ He later disappeared, the date of his death remains unknown.

I (mis)interpret ‘Sorry for being born’ as the aesthetic core of Dazai’s writing. Discovering this plagiarism led to a sense of displacement and fracture within his works, and in my close identification with them. Reconsidering power and hierarchy, ‘Searching For Terauchi’ is a tribute to Terauchi, an acknowledge to the unknown. The use of my medication is a remedy for displacement and fracture, and a means by which I can connect to him.

Image: Cristea Zhao, 2019, Searching for Terauchi #5, St.John’s wort on negative, Ink on paper

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  • Cristea Zhao is a visual artist who comes from a filmmaking background. Working with video and installation, she pursues the unearthing of subtle narratives interwoven into historical and social events. As a new immigrant from Shanghai she’s acutely aware of the emotional predicament that many immigrants face. Reflecting the possibility/impossibility of comprehension, communication and connection therefore frequently lies beneath her practice. Zhao is currently undertaking her Master of Fine Art at RMIT, and a new life in Melbourne.