Tomoko Yoneda “Dialogue with A.C.”
[Image: Tomoko Yoneda, "Entwined - Trees in the middle of a former trench at the Battle of the Marne" (2017) Chromogenic print]
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For everyone, everywhere, there are memories and history unique to that person and place. The work of London-based photographer Tomoko Yoneda begins with research. One of her most important workspaces is the British Library, where she makes careful studies of subjects of interest. She then visits places where the presences of historical figures or events remain strong and captures them in photographs that convey historical truths. Through this unique approach, she has gained renown for an elegant body of work marked by intellectual clarity and contemporaneity, whether in black and white or color.
In this exhibition, she presents Dialogue with Albert Camus (2017-18), which traces the story of Camus, author of The Stranger and The Plague and one of the 20th century’s most famous novelists. Camus was born in 1913 to a French family in colonial Algeria, lived through many hardships during a chaotic period that included two world wars, discrimination and political turmoil related to France’s colonial policies, and the Algerian War of Independence, and in his books repeatedly explored the question of how we should live in a world steeped in violence and absurdity. Yoneda felt the importance of reexamining the author’s writings, their historical background, and the life he lived, and travelled to Algeria and France to trace his footsteps. She took as a starting point Camus’s father, who died in 1914 fighting in France during World War I, and the journey led her to Algeria, Tipasa, Marseille, Paris and elsewhere as she observed and photographed the author’s world through her own eyes and camera lens. In his essay “Neither Victims nor Executioners,” published after World War II, Camus states that we should be neither, and the current work conveys Yoneda’s belief that today, more than half a century after this short essay was published, Camus’s declaration is timelier and more meaningful than ever.
This series is being presented in Tokyo for the first time, after debuting in spring 2018 at the Japan Cultural Institute in Paris and appearing in the Shanghai Biennale (2018-2019). The body of work has been reconfigured for this exhibition and will appear along with a video piece incorporating a sound installation by prominent Finnish contemporary composer Tomi Räisänen, as well as the platinum print work CORRESPONDENCE – Letter to a Friend (2017-18), produced in cooperation with the photographic publishing house amanasalto.
from April 13, 2019 to May 25, 2019
Opening Reception on 2019-04-13 from 18:00 to 20:00