Far be it from authentic
Farby, performance presented in Tokyo (SuperDeluxe) in January 2010
Photography / Texts / Voice / Music
ESBANM (Research program F for Real)
IT HAS BEEN SAID
"Restage Replay Reload by Sandy Amerio is a poetic ode to the madness of historical reenactment via a Japanese reenactor who travels the world. Like Don Quixote and with the excessiveness of an Herzog character, the General fights tirelessly against the ghosts of World War II."
Marie Frampier in 02
"Reenactment is a hobby. Reenactors are amateurs passionate about History ; most of the time they are also collectors. The age of the participants, their social origins and nationalities are extremely diversified. We meet children as well as old people, workers, engineers, even real soldiers, French people as well as Japanese, Americans…
Many types of reenactment exist (Living History, historical character embodiment…) and many periods are recreated. Among them: Napoleonic reenactment, Vietnam War reenactment, American Civil War reenactment, Afghanistan/Irak Wars reenactment and even Jesus Christ's Reenactment.
Authenticity, correctness of the historic period that is represented, and immersive illusion are the indispensable conditions of reenactment practice. But a great competition exists between reenactors who do not hesitate to compare themselves. Reenactors are divided into three categories according to their seriousness regarding historic accuracy: hard core, mainstream or farby."
"Photos, performances and videos Sandy Amerio created with Hiroki Nakazato take their origin in farby reenactment, as they mix different time periods. Farby stands for "far be it from authentic" in other words not granting enough interest to the authenticity."
Did you say farby ?
Sandy Amerio and Hiroki Nakazato after the performance Far be it from authentic presented in Tokyo.
Photography by Hirohisa Koike