Hello, it’s me

Engaging Artists Projects

Hello, it’s me

Hello, it’s me was a collaborative multimedia project, which began as a part of the 2015 Engaging Artists residency. Takagi worked with senior citizens and photographed each participant, decked out in wardrobes of their choosing, against colorful backdrops. She then carefully installed each portrait, framed in gold, on bright wallpaper—to resemble a living room—and paired each image with a set of audio recordings that allowed the audience to hear participants’ stories in their own voices.
Hidemi Takagi

June 29 – July 27, 2017


Hudson Guild Gallery
441 W. 26th Street
New York, NY 10001

Hello, It's me , Hidemi Takagi, 2017
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Hidemi Takagi, Hello, it’s me, Photo Installation; Digital C-Prints, wall paper, 2015-2016. Installation view from "Engaging Artists at the Queens Museum," 2016.

Hello, it’s me was a collaborative project between Hidemi Takagi and minority older adults living in New York City. The installation at Hudson Guild included Takagi’s recent photographic portraits of these adults, scanned portraits from the past and tape recordings of the subjects speaking about their rich lives and experiences.

The concept of Hello, it’s me began as a part of More Art’s Engaging Artists Fellowship, during which Hidemi Takagi regularly visited the Saint Teresa of Avila Senior Apartments in her neighborhood of Crown Heights. Through taking photographs of the center’s activity classes and occasionally portraits of the residents, Takagi developed great friendships with some of the seniors who began sharing their family narratives, as well as talking about the current events that are shaping the historically African American and Caribbean American neighborhood.

Hello, it’s me was a collaborative multimedia project where each participant chose their own style of wardrobe to be paired with a vibrant backdrop that set a cohesively colorful tone of the portraits. This allowed the portraits to show a deeper sense of their personalities. The final installation resembled a living room adorned with portraits of each participant in golden frames and bright wallpaper. Each image was paired with a set of audio recordings that allowed the audience to hear each participant’s story in their own voices.

During the process of creating the project, Takagi asked each participant to share one story about themselves and another about their family. The project provided the residents an opportunity to recollect and narrate their personal memories, while also allowing their future generations to further learn their roots through a multi-sensory experience.

Takagi was a 2015 Engaging Artist Fellow and received a seed grant from More Art to continue her work with senior citizens at Chelsea’s Hudson Guild Community Center.

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Hidemi Takagi

Hidemi Takagi was born in Kyoto, Japan and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Takagi has exhibited both nationally and internationally (London, Madrid, Tel Aviv, Berlin, and Paris). Her notable selected exhibitions include the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Queens Museum, BRIC Media Art Center, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Takagi participated in: the AIM program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2004), the NYFA IAP Mentoring Program (2008), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Artist Studio Residency (2010), the Engaging Artist residency by More Art (2015), BRIC’s New Media Art Fellowship (2016), Utopian Practice Fellowship by Culture Push (2017), En Foco Photography Fellowship (2018), KODA Artist Residency: Identity + Justice (2020); The Sustainable Arts Fellowship by Gallery Aferro (2022), MoCADA & The Asian American Arts Alliance’s (2022)The Bandung 2022 Residency (2022): Paradise AIR, Artist residency: Japan (2022) . Her work has been reviewed in Time Out Tel Aviv, Time Out New York, the New York Times, and the Village Voice. Her Blender project was selected for the Times Square Public Arts Program of the Times Square Alliance 2011 and her Hello, it's me was awarded a Seed Grant by More Art, in 2017. The Bed-Stuy Social Photo Club and Herkimer Street Stoop Interview were awarded the Brooklyn Arts Fund grants in 2019 and 2021 by the Brooklyn Arts Council.