Yu Araki: Le Souvenir Du Japon

Shiseido Gallery

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Shiseido Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by internationally active video artist Yu Araki. The centerpiece of Araki’s exhibition is a video based on a chapter from Japoneries d’Automne titled “Un bal à Yeddo” (A ball in Edo). Describing an 1885 ball held at the Rokumeikan from the perspective of the then 35-year-old Loti, this account was later reimagined by writer Ryunosuke Akutagawa in his short story “The Ball” (1920), which featured as its protagonist the budding 17-year-old Japanese woman with whom Loti danced. Araki’s video draws from both of these sources to create a scene in which the gazes of the Orient and the Occident collide in the same time-space continuum, revolving around the waltz. For another video in the exhibition, Araki films the locations documented by Loti in other chapters of Japoneries: “Kioto, la ville sainte” (Kyoto, the holy city), “Le sainte montagne de Nikko” (The holy mountain of Nikko) and “Yeddo” (Edo). Here, he attempts to depict scenery that, due to the temporal disparity between the present and a hundred years ago, can no longer be captured on camera.

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from April 03, 2019 to June 23, 2019

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Yu Araki

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