Currently my interest lies in the areas of dust, the archival and haunting in relation to traumatic events. It appears that there are ghost stories which emerge when victims of traumatic events find no plausible explanations for causes of the events. That is not to simplify causal relations. On the contrary, through research into minute (dust) and almost immaterial (ghosts), my research attempts to uncover structures of fear and attempts to illuminate an opening towards the Utopian.
Hair and a piece of chipped ceramic become equal as dust. When collected both human and inorganic, both social and historical become entangled.
Atsuhide Ito’s paintings deploy strategies of deception and betrayal which demand critical reflections on the real. Since the completion of Separate Landscape series of 55 paintings in 2007, in which the production and consumption of non-places are presented as a form of violence, Ito’s paintings continuously produce oscillations between a process of concealment and apparition. Here painting is conceived as a from of return and delay. Currently, the works are being developed in regard to a triangular relationship between violence, hauntology and utopia through the aesthetics of deviance which runs from Baroque to contemporary art. Especially in regard to hauntology, the pictorial and social history of ghosts have been investigated and explored in the media of painting and film.