Japanese Cultural Centre in Paris
Japanese photographers views on the world
From 14/10/09 to 23/01/10
Curator: Satomi FUJIMURA, Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
Co organised by the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and the Japanese Foundation, this exhibition presents travel views of five photographers and a video maker, all Japanese: subjective and diverse visions on the Japanese archipelago and of other countries, urban scenes and far-off or even imaginary landscapes.
Six Japanese artists, six notions of travel.
Kôji Onaka photographs his “wanderings” in the Nippon archipelago, which he criss-crosses like a vagrant. More than a simple travel diary, his images take us to an everyday Japan which is soon to disappear.
Toshiya Momose has affection for the large cities: New York, Tokyo, Istanbul, and Shanghai… From overpopulated India, he offers us, in his usual way, strangely empty urban landscapes which, paradoxically, suggest even more strongly the presence of their inhabitants.
A renowned photographer, extreme adventurer and experienced alpinist, Naoki Ishikawa shows us Mount Fuji as we have never seen it. His photographs taken during the ascent of the volcano show us a harsh and sometimes dangerous mineral universe, far from the postcard clichés of this symbol of Japan.
From the snowy lands of an island to the north of Hokkaido to the subtropical landscapes of the Okinawa islands, the theme of insularity is at the heart of the work of Takeshi Dodo. His images bear witness to his fascination for these lands which are still isolated despite modernisation, where the present and the past are closely linked.
Sayuri Naitô wanted to photograph Lisbon as it is seen by its inhabitants. But from these sites which could seem very ordinary to us, she is able to reveal all its charm, the beauty of its light, and the softness of its atmospheres.
Finally, Hiraki Sawa's works let us travel to imaginary worlds. This world-renowned video maker's videos are like treasure chests in which the treasure is a half-real, half-dreamlike …
It is very likely that these journeys were not the most peaceful for these demanding artists. But their work gives us the desire to discover, in our turn, unknown lands, and to look differently at our planet.