Katsuhito Nakazato Exhibition
This event has ended.
Old objects and their characteristic textures are quickly being lost from our cities.
Rotting wood, rusty sheet iron, cracked mortar -- all these materials with distinct textures, forming the landscapes that hold our memories of these things, are disappearing. In their place, massive spaces adorned with advertisements for global corporations, shiny, harsh. This phenomenon has suddenly surfaced throughout the country, a kind of collective amnesia that is slowly eating away at our cities.
Kazuhito Nakazato is a photographer who has made an exploration of contemporary cities that aspire towards newness, brightness and bigness, conducting fieldwork throughout Japan. He has photographed narrow alleys that gape like air pockets, old dilapidated minka houses and abandoned dwellings, and various other things that have lost their original purpose and now lie forgotten in a corner; or else images of landscapes immersed in a rich, velvety darkness where these old things languish.
Some of Nakazato's other works include "Portraits of Huts" (2000), "Kiriko no machi" (2002), that captured everyday objects and landscapes, "The Witching Hour" (2003), depicting that instant at twilight when dusk takes on an incredible aspect, seeking out the various textures and sensations of the dark that continue to be lost from our cities, and "Alleyways" (2004), which attempted to excavate fading memories hidden deep within the maze of alleyways that Nakazato got lost in...Nakazato has had much success not only in bringing to light a certain sensation that derives from observing everyday landscapes and objects with a unique eye, but also in creating impressive images that spark off reminiscences and deep memories in the viewer. He also makes collaged installations of huts or cabins that use waste materials and other scraps in site-specific exhibitions held in minka, abandoned factories, markets and ruins.
Talks and other events are also scheduled. See website for details.
From 2008-09-27 To 2008-10-12
Opening Reception on 2008-09-27 from 18:00 to 20:30