Shoko Ogushi “Shaolin Temple”

Vanilla Gallery

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[Image: Shoko Ogushi]

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The “Men Behind the Scenes” project was began in 1998 by Shoko Ogushi, a photographer who captures the beauty and mystery of masculinity from a female viewpoint. The project infiltrates and examines hierarchical male groups in society. Her inaugural Asian project was carried out at a world heritage Shaolin Temple on Mount Song in China that is recognized as the home of Bodhidharma, the Buddhist credited as being the transmitter of Chan Buddhism to China. At this historical temple, Zen monks train in martial arts and medicine. Against the backdrop of increasing threats and imbalances that are observed in China today, the veneration of Shaolin martial arts is overwhelming, with young boys dreaming of embarking on a journey that would eventually lead them to becoming monks. Ogushi was given permission to enter areas of the temple that are usually off limits and spent three years photographing the day-to-day life of the men residing there. This is a chance to see inside the heavy gates of this world-famous temple.

In addition to this exhibition in Gallery A, there will be a re-run of the popular exhibition “Theories of Beautiful Male Youth” in Gallery B, which was first held at Vanilla Gallery in 2014 and is also part of the “Men Behind the Scenes” project.

[Related Events]
“Shaolin Talk Event]
Event Times: January 15 (Sun) 17:30-19:30
Speakers: Shoko Ogushi, Gengoroh Tagame
Admission: ¥2000 (with one drink included)

“Theories of Beautiful Male Youth” Talk Event
Event Times: January 13 (Fri) 17:30-19:30
Speakers: Shoko Ogushi, Nameko Shinsan
Admission: ¥2000 (with one drink included)

*Booking for both events is necessary and can be made via the official website.
Events in Japanese only.



from January 08, 2017 to January 21, 2017
Exhibition Times: Weekdays 12:00-19:00, Weekends and Public Holidays 12:00-17:00. Closing at 18;30 on Jan. 13 (Fri) for event.


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