Julie-Marie Duro, Looking for my Japanese Family
“We were in a train in Japan when my mother explained to me how my grandfather, who died before I got the chance to really meet him, had a son with a Japanese woman in the 70s. She doesn’t know her Japanese brother’s exact age or where he lives. She doesn’t even know his name. That’s how I began observing the faces of those men, aged 40, sharing Japanese and European features and started hearing an increasingly strong voice in my head saying “This might be him!”. Since that day I wonder who my uncle is. What does he look like? What kind of life does he have? Two years ago, while the cherry blossom started to bloom, I decided to look for him!
Looking for my Japanese Family is the chronicle of this ongoing quest where reality sometimes gives away to fiction, and where the new narratives becomes part of the family memory.”
Born in 1984 in Liège, Belgium Julie-Marie Duro first studied philosophy and journalism before turning to photography. She’s currently involved in a PhD in Arts and Sciences on family memory issues. The projects Looking for my Japanese Family, Blue Hydrangea and Le Manteau Anthracite are part of this research and each questions family memory on a different angle. Julie-Marie Duro lives and works between Liège and Luxembourg where she devotes her time to photography, research and art education.