Motoko Fukuyama, “Moko” among friends, hails from Japan but has lived in different parts of America since the late 1990s, currently living and working in Brooklyn. While in residence she filmed her quasi-documentary fictional mystery hybrid movie La bohème. Tussling with the ideas of “home," she used her own family dynamic, complicated by the backdrop of an aging Japanese society. The project expands into a deeper discourse on social and political concerns associated with aging, physical disability, mental illness, self-identity, and our coping mechanisms. The project was introduced at Tops Gallery, Memphis, in the fall of 2017.
Motoko Fukuyama worked in the Cheney studio.
Cheney Studio was given to MacDowell by Mrs. Benjamin P. Cheney and Mrs. Karl Kauffman. Like Barnard Studio, Cheney is a low, broadly massed bungalow. Sited on a steep westward slope, its porches are supported on wooden posts and fieldstone with lattices. Although it still retains its appealing character, the original design of the shingled building…