Tomoko Kikuchi | Showing the Dead a Good Time

Country of origin: Japan
Project location: China
Program: Abigail Cohen Fellowship
Year: 2014

Family members kneel in front of a portrait of the departed as Liangzi hosts a funeral ceremony, April 10, 2014. As a funeral performer, Liangzi is skilled at singing, dancing, and wailing. She is proud of her wailing skill, and she tries to cry naturally at every funeral.


Tomoko Kikuchi is a Japanese-born photographer whose work is held in permanent collection at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the Mori Art Museum, and the Kawasaki City Museum. She is the winner of the 38th Kimura Ihei Award (2012) and the first Prix Pictet Japan Award (2015).

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