Noritoshi Hirakawa Photography Born in 1960 in Fukuoka, Japan. Lives in New York, USA.
Project DescriptionIt’s human nature to confirm our own identity by displaying our genitals symbolically to others. Often, we establish our identity by expressing our gender through sexuality. Sometimes, we are attracted to that in others which we lack in ourselves — physically or mentally.
This mutual aspect of identity establishment inevitably creates the wish to integrate with others. Integration is achieved as soon as the mind desires possession of the genitals of another. To imagine obtaining the genitals that belong to another eliminates the boundary that separates us from one another.
Capturing images of a person displaying genitals symbolically in a public space may prove the hypothesis that the symbolic exchange of genitals in the mind is a universal way of confirming our identity: an attribute of living.