Takuma Nakahira "Documentary"


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For Takuma Nakahira, the most important task is to capture the world as it is. For him, capturing the "world as it is" means approaching the world having emptied one's mind of all preconceptions about the meanings generally associated with things or events. Nakahira decided that it was only then that those things would be revealed in their true forms. Taking photographs, he believes, is the way to receive the signals being emitted from a world that in fact knows no such thing as "I."

Nakahira often takes photos in which he fills the frame with a sign for a restaurant or a sign on a street. Signs are like demonstrative pronouns in that they refer to something else by name ("This is Uryukan," or "Moriyama Shrine Ahead," etc.). Yet, when Nakahira photographs signs, they become removed from those contexts. Only their shapes and the shapes of the letters they contain remain. They exist simply as objects.

"There is my gaze and also the gaze of things that comes back to meet it. The world is like a magnetic field where these two gazes engage with each other."
From "Why an illustrated human-animal dictionary?" in Nakahira Takuma Eizoronshu (Takuma Nakahira collected writings on moving pictures; Shobunsha, 1973)

Understanding all along that the human ego makes it difficult to really see the world "as it is," Nakahira nevertheless continues to try to capture it through this endless accumulation of photographs. And in the repetition of this action, traces of hope emerge.

The exhibition includes over 20 photographs selected by the artist from the many thousands he has taken between 2004 and 2010.



From 2011-01-08 To 2011-02-05
Closed on Sunday, Monday and Public Holidays


Takuma Nakahira



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