Saori (2016~2020)

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Exhibition at Paddington Town Hall, main venue of Head on Photo Festival (Sydney, Australia) in 2018.

Exhibition at Paddington Town Hall, main venue of Head on Photo Festival (Sydney, Australia) in 2018.

Exhibition at Paddington Town Hall, main venue of Head on Photo Festival (Sydney, Australia) in 2018.

Artist Book "Saori".

Artist Book "Saori".











Senji Nakajima, 65 years old, has lived with his girlfriend "Saori" in his house near Tokyo, Japan. They hang out, go shopping, and sleep in the same bed. The only thing different from any other couple is that Saori is a life-size "love doll" made of silicone. Nakajima has a wife and two children, but at the age of 40, he left his family when he moved out for his work. At around 55, he bought a love doll to fill the loneliness of living alone. He used to imagine that the doll was his first girlfriend and used it for sexual purposes, but months later, he started to believe that Saori has her own personality, like the sculptor Pygmalion who fell in love with the ivory- made Galatea, in Ovidius's "Metamorphoses" story. One day, a beautiful light shone upon the Konomasawa campground in Sagamihara city, and Saori began to move before Nakajima's eyes. After studying Shinto at university, Nakajima worked hard at the Jinja-Honcho (Japan Shrine Headquarter) and then at a hospital, but his life has changed to one centered on Saori. Since then, he has been in a family-approved love triangle.

"She never betrays me and isn't only after money. I'm tired of modern rational humans. They are heartless," Nakajima says,

"for me, she is more than a doll, not just silicone rubber. She needs much help, but is still my perfect partner with whom I share precious moments and enriches my life."

He imagines his former girlfriend when he holds her. He keeps a diary, sometimes writing as Saori and other times as himself. Plato once said that the world we sense is not the actual reality. The emotions that we perceive when we communicate with others may be nothing more than the idols that were drawn on the walls of a cave.

There have been many anecdotal descriptions of people falling in love with non-human objects.

There is a story of a man who fell in love with a straw mat in China, and in the 21st century, a woman fell in love and married the Eiffel Tower in France. In this modern era, where many objects with shapes and intelligence resembling those of humans have been produced, we are faced with the same question that becomes more profound each day.

What is the actual difference between love with a human being and love with a “Future Eve”?

(Some of the images were commissioned by Getty Images)