Walls (2010 – onward) is a portrait project which embraces foreignness and alienness within each of us. This project has been heavily inspired by the old walls in the city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, where Kito has occasionally visited since 2008. After she had experienced a personal conflict with a friend of hers, she noticed that sometimes it was much easier for people to build up a wall to keep distance rather than to try to reconcile.
This experience turned her eyes to the old walls in the old city of Ahmedabad as a metaphor of physical and psychological barriers for local people who had diverse faith and communal tensions. This awareness gradually sank in, leading the photographer to observe invisible walls, which might or might not be there, within us. She uses a large format camera with black and white negatives to highlight its subtle and detailed nuance of subject.
Shiho Kito studied photography at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and the University for the Creative Arts Farnham in the UK. She is currently completing her Masters in Photography at the London College of Communication, she also teaches, writes and curates.