Tajiri is about the Japanese-American sculptor Shinkichi Tajiri (1925-2005) who was born in the United States to Japanese parents and had settled in Europe after the war, firstly in Paris and in the Netherlands since 1956. Tajiri’s career as a sculptor coincided with the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and his artistic practice is largely rooted in the horrors of the Second World War. Van der Keuken portrays Tajiri at work in his studio, with his family, rummaging through a scrapheap in search of bronze and iron for his sculptures. In the final part of the film, Van der Keuken establishes a relationship between Tajiri’s work and the horrors of the war, the man- made mutilation of the earth, destruction and birth – central themes in Tajiri’s work.
director, producer, editor, sound: Johan van der Keuken