Tomoki Imai Exhibition

Taka Ishii Gallery Photography/Film

poster for Tomoki Imai Exhibition
[Image: Tomoki Imai, “Untitled”, 2016, C-print © Tomoki Imai]

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This exhibition by Tomoki Imai, which will be his third solo show at the gallery, and his first there in four years, will feature 13 works all shot after 2014.
Throughout his career, Imai has used the medium of photography to earnestly examine what it means to see. Looking daily at the world in front of us, he captures subjects that exert an irresistible presence and naturally draw the eye. At the same time, he carefully and consistently considers the gaps between what is visible and what becomes so; the conscious and unconscious; and the perspectives of the self and other, to come to terms with his relation to his subjects in each place and time.
Following his representative series “Mahiru - In the Middle of the Day” (2001) and “Light and Gravity” (2009), Imai has continued to train his gaze on everyday landscapes in his new works. His gaze remains strong, but has grown more intimate. He photographs scenes that might otherwise be overlooked, capturing them as if he was carefully scooping them up to save them from oblivion. The title of the exhibition, “Remains to be seen,” suggests Imai’s desire to devote his gaze to the trivial and commonplace, his collection of things that suggest potential comprehension but remains incomprehensible, and his search for a place for those scenes within his memory. His gaze, which aims to not only understand that which is visible, but also see through and grasp all of the time and memory accumulated within his subjects, arouses viewers’ memories and presents a universal experience of seeing.



from November 18, 2017 to December 22, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-11-18 from 18:00 to 20:00


Tomoki Imai



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