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The Reminisce by Nao Tokunaga for Asian Film Archive – Retrospective: Wong Kar Wai

$55.64 SGD

Dimension: 42 (w) x 29.7 (h) cm
4 colour Risograph print
Editions of 60
Signed and Numbered
Printed on 220gsm Maple Bright paper (Acid-free, FSC® certified)
Produced by Knuckles & Notch
Subtle imperfections may vary

The Reminisce captures the unlikely meeting of two love rivals taking place at the iconic Queen’s Café in Hong Kong. The work paints a scene of Lulu and Su, former rivals and stark opposites of each other, now seeking to form a connection through the shared history of their respective ill-fated relationships with Yuddy. They find comfort in each other, with Yuddy — who also appears as an apparition in the background — as a centrepiece of their conversations. The imagery is an encapsulation of a moment where two women reminisce about the times they had with the same man they once shared, exchanging the pain and shame caused by the man they had thought was the love of their lives. An ode to the process of slowly, but inevitably, coming to terms with unhealthy relationships with the self and the penchant for destructive relationships.

A concept and visual development artist by training working in the fast-growing game and animation industry, Nao spends many hours avidly observing people and the environment around her during her breaks. Expressing her visual studies through plein air painting, and taking the most nuanced of observations, she translates them in lighting and colours, turning them into cinematic works of paintings.

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