Close-up Universe: Contemporary Japanese Photography vol. 16

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

poster for Close-up Universe: Contemporary Japanese Photography vol. 16
[Image: Harumichi Saito, from "Sekaisagashi" 2019]

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The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum carries out various projects to support creative spirits who explore the possibilities of photography and imagery. Central to this undertaking is the “Contemporary Japanese Photography” exhibition, which focuses on a different theme every year, the theme for the 16th exhibition in this series being: Close-up Universe.
Generally speaking, there is a tendency today to look upon staying at home, not traveling far and not wanting to see the wide world as being a negative attitude, whereas actively setting out to visit various countries is seen as positive. However, in recent years, it is possible to use Internet maps to see images from every corner of the world on the LCD screen in the comfort of our own homes, while online shopping allows us to obtain products from countries around the world without visiting them in person. Virtual reality and home theater make it possible to experience or immerse ourselves in realistic images, the spread of globalization making people positively receptive to doing everything within the home. Furthermore, today smart phones, etc. make it easy for everyone to take photographs, and there cannot be many views left in the world that we have not already seen or which have not been photographed. This exhibition will introduce up-and-coming artists who reveal profound universes in things that exist close to hand, presenting new approaches that look upon staying at home and not traveling long distances as a positive factor.



from November 30, 2019 to January 26, 2020



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