Keiichi Tahara: Photosynthesis with Min Tanaka

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo)

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[Image: Keiichi Tahara "New York-1" (1978) ⓒKeiichi Tahara]

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In 1971, at the age of 20, Keiichi Tahara went to France. Fascinated by the light in Europe, the quality of which was unlike any he had seen in Japan, he made the nature of light itself a focus of exploration, and with Paris as his base, went on to win high acclaim for his photographic work. Min Tanaka, on the other hand, began his activities as a modern dancer during the 1960s. His career took off in 1974 with the development of a unique new style of dance expression that attracted wide attention.

By chance during the autumn of 1978, the two artists met and decided to explore the relationship between physical light and the human body. In photo shoots that continued from 1978 to 1980, the photographer captured on film images of the dancer reacting to different kinds of light, atmospheres and seasons within various urban and natural environments in Europe, America, and Japan, images that were stowed away unseen over the years. In 2016, after a hiatus of 36 years, the two decided to “return to their origins,” to resume their photo sessions and begin making new work again. They also published the photo book “Photosynthesis 1978-1980.”

Until his passing due to illness this past June, Tahara had been making preparations for this exhibition which will present 46 carefully selected photographs (all black-and-white), 41 of which were taken during the ‘78-‘80 period, and 5 more shot in the year 2016. To mark the culmination of his collaboration with Tahara, Min Tanaka will hold several dance performances over the course of the exhibition.

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from September 09, 2017 to December 24, 2017

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