"All the people I know who have been cheated are not rich or anything. I don't know how many years I have left to live, but I just have enough money to help my family in case something happens to them. I don't even spend on luxuries on a regular basis. All the young people are using expensive phones. I would say if you want to be extravagant, work hard. I did." said one woman.









Who exactly are the affluent elderly? In recent years, it seems that more and more people are being targeted just because they are elderly, rather than whether they are wealthy or not.


In fact, the elderly women living in single-person households, who are the main target of the scam groups, do not fit their definition of the elderly as wealthy. This is because according to the 2010 edition of the White Paper on Gender Equality, 52.3% of elderly single women live in poverty.





The number of elderly households receiving public assistance also tripled between 1997 and 2017, and the number of elderly people living in poverty is also remarkable.

For this reason, there have been cases of elderly people turning them-selves into criminals as the member of telephone scam.

We are free to imagine, but we cannot know anything by imagination alone. Even if we are told that the image in the background of this text is a human face, it is not easy to be convinced of that fact apart from the impressions and imagination we have once acquired.

This is the result of fragmenting the photos of scam perpetrators and targeted elderly people using the method of evidence destruction actually used by telephone scam groups. We don't know anything about the perpetrators, the victims, or even about poverty itself.



Once the image has melted, it will never return to its original form.

Even I, who remembered what it was, would eventually lose track of it.

現在も制作活動は継続中であり、2021年内の完結を目指している This project is still ongoing and is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.
現在も制作活動は継続中であり、2021年内の完結を目指している This project is still ongoing and is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.