"Contemporary Japanese Photography Vol. 10" Exhibition
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This year marks the tenth exhibition in the series entitled "Contemporary Japanese Photography" and in it we will introduce the work of five photographers who resort to some of the most fundamental photographic techniques in order to confront various phenomena of our time.
These photographers have found themselves attracted to basic photographic techniques dating from the early days of photography, such as photograms, pinhole cameras, collages, multiple exposures and exposure control, which they have utilized to create a large variety of works. By returning to the origins of photographic media in this day and age, when digital manipulation makes it possible to create almost any conceivable image, they offer us a chance to reconsider the sense of sight itself, that presents a door to sensory and aesthetic expression.
We hope that these works will provide an opportunity to think afresh about the act of looking at photographs or the memories created through sight, helping us face a reality that is more complicated and unexpected than we can imagine.
When we look at photographs, not passively but spontaneously, and discover within them food for thought, then surely that is when photography will be ready to make another great leap forward – elan photographic.
I would go to see if only to see the work of Nishino Sohei. He is recreating cities by doing a patchwork of small pictures of a city. The city is then reconstructed by all its "clichés" into a large diorama. Hiroshima, Tokyo, London, Berlin, Paris, Rio, etc. are exhibited in very large images. Each photograph could be the opportunity of a long travel given the number of small capsule life tied into the images. Amazing.
The photographs of Kitano Ken are a mix of all portraits of people in a specific area. Instead of a collage of parts, the technique used is a superimposed mix of photographs playing with transparency. What is achieve is a common face. What is our identity in a group of people. What is the remaining me once I have been mixed to all other people?