Tomoki Imai "Semicircle Law"

Taka Ishii Gallery Photography/Film

poster for Tomoki Imai "Semicircle Law"

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The current exhibition is comprised of 15 works that Imai shot in multiple locations within a 30km radius of the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant in the approximately 20-month period between April 21, 2011 and the end of 2012.

In his best known works "Mahiru – in the middle of the day" (Seigensha, 2001) and "Light and Gravity" (Little More, 2009), Imai photographed everyday landscapes such as streets and forests and ordinary interiors. These tranquil works, in which no people appear, convey Imai’s sincere attitude toward the act of looking and his quiet excitement in finding beauty in ordinary scenes.

In his recent work "A TREE OF NIGHT" (Match and Company, 2010), Imai created spreads comprised of snapshots on one page and macro shots of descriptions of visual and aural sensations excerpted from a novel printed in braille on the facing page. By juxtaposing these images, he showed that there are things that we sacrifice by being able to see and encouraged viewers to reexamine the very act of looking.

The Japanese government designated the area within a 20km radius of the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant an “evacuation zone” and limited access to it on April 22. Imai began shooting the images included in the current exhibition on April 21. In all of these images, the camera is pointed in the direction of the nuclear power plant. The works offer no opinion on the nuclear disaster, but show us that while we may think that we are facing this unprecedented disaster, we are actually incapable of seeing it.



From 2013-01-26 To 2013-02-16

Opening Reception on 2013-01-26 from 18:00 to 20:00


Tomoki Imai



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