Tokyo Parrots, 2013

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When I saw hundreds of parakeets swarming the sky, I was struck by fear. I felt as if I’d walked into the Alfred Hitchcock film “The Birds”. Every morning, flocks of several parakeets each would fly to the elm tree near my home in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward. I did some research and found out that these parakeets were brought to Japan in the 1960s and 1970s from tropical regions in India and Sri Lanka to be sold as pets. They had since gone wild and made Tokyo their home. Today, they’ve multiplied to thousands. 
These parakeets aren’t supposed to exist in Tokyo, but they do. And it’s the intensely uncanny feeling I felt when I first saw the swarm, which I’ve captured in these photographs. (YM)

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Bio

Yoshinori Mizutani (1987, Japan) lives and works in Tokyo. Graduated from Nihon University College of Economics in 2010 and Tokyo College of Photography in 2012, Mizutani has won a number of prestigious awards including Japan Photo Award in 2013, Foam Talent Call and Lens Culture Emerging Talents Top 50 in 2014. Recent solo exhibitions in 2015: Yoshinori Mizutani, Graanmarkt 13, Antwerp; Colors/Tokyo Parrots, IMA Gallery, Tokyo.

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