Masahiro Kodaira “I am that I am”

Taka Ishii Gallery Photography/Film

poster for Masahiro Kodaira “I am that I am”
[Image: Masahiro Kodaira, “Shikinejima, Tokyo 2015.8.6”, 2015, gelatin silver print, image size: 52.6 x 35 cm, paper size: 60.8 x 43.2 cm © Masahiro Kodaira]

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In his second solo exhibition at the gallery, and his first there in 3 years, Masahiro Kodaira will present 13 works from the “I am that I am”, series produced since his first show “The Wholly Other.”
Based on his interest in the fundamental relations between man and the world, Kodaira has documented and shared a “chain of meanings that exceeds coincidence” through intuitive snap shooting practices. Through meticulous work in the darkroom, he has continuously expressed the sense of what he feels while shooting by fully analyzing the photographic subjects that have drawn his eye. In his intuitive approach to making photographs, which might be described as “guidance of the eye,” he has identified a manifestation of human existence: “The dual presence of a consciousness aware of the self, and another that I sense in the center or slightly towards the back of my head.” The attempt to make contact with the second, hidden presence through his practice has been summarized in the exhibition title “I am that I am.”
Kodaira’s new series maintains a certain tension in the overwhelming confrontation of peculiar scenes and moments. However, in contrast to his previous series, which was an accumulation of awe and ecstasy that one feels in response to absolutely external worlds such as landscapes and natural phenomena, in the latest work, his focus has shifted to the “something” that controls his consciousness as he confronts the world. At times, he shoots at sites where significant socio-historical events have occurred. In these images, the subject is not only the natural object or phenomena, but also extended to include humans, society, and the city, suggesting that he is moving in closer to the subject for intent gazing. Kodaira’s eyes have been sharpened through aggressive insertion into his relations with the social world. With them, he captures new sensibilities and ways of seeing to show how people are connected and able to be connected from the world.

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from January 13, 2018 to February 17, 2018

Opening Reception on 2018-01-20 from 18:00 to 20:00

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