Saturday, 2 April 2016

中国写真家・莫毅──中国のように変化しつづける目

 [English version coming soon]

2015年4月7日~4月22日まで、禅フォトギャラリーにて中国の写真家・莫毅の写真展80年代第1期写真展:「父親」、「風景」を開催し、最終日のクロージングパーティにてスライドトークショーを行いました。以下、一部のみとなりますが、スライドトークショーの内容をご紹介します。

また、莫毅写真展80年代第2期「莫毅:1987-1989」は2016年4月9日~5月11日まで開催します。第2期の写真展では、莫毅のキュレーションによる「騷動(別名:我虛幻的城市)」(1987)、「1m, 我身後的風景 (1m、後ろの風景)」(1988)と「搖蕩的車廂(揺れ動くバス)」(1989)シリーズを紹介します。展示に併せて、禅フォトギャラリーより莫毅写真集『莫毅1983-1989』を刊行します。


莫毅80年代 Part II「莫毅:1987-1989」
Mo Yi Eighties Part II "MOYI:1987-1989"

会期 Dates: 2016.4.9~5.11
作家来日オープンニングパーティー:4月9日[土] 18:00~
ZEN FOTO GALLERY

Thursday, 4 February 2016

東京るまん℃ インタビュー Interview with Tokyo Rumando



視線の無限ループ The endless loop of the gaze

東京るまん℃インタビュー Interview with Tokyo Rumando



文 Text / フェデリカ・ サラFederica Sala
編集 Edit / 柴田さやか Sayaka Shibata  
東方輝 Akira Higashikata
アマンダ Amanda Lo
 
 日本の写真術は複雑な広がりと深淵、そして漆黒の闇に包まれたミステリアスな宇宙のようだ。この宇宙はおいそれとカテゴリー化できないほど小さな惑星が密集している。見事に統御され秩序に従うこの空間にかつてないほどの刺激を与え、変化をもたらしてきたのはいつでも眩いばかりの一筋の光である。光が闇を覆うとき、その評価はいつでも賞賛か酷評かの一択である。東京るまん℃という神妙な光を放つこの恒星は、果たして大部であるこの芸術宇宙の領域に一石を投じるのだろうか。
 2012年より、東京るまん℃はTokyo Photo、no found photo fair、fotofeverなど国内外のフォトフェアーに参加した。2016年2月18日から6月12日まで、ロンドンのテートモダンにて開催される企画展「Performing for the Camera」に「Orphee」シリーズより20点を展示する。本展では、シリアスで刺激的、ユーモラスで即興的といった多種多様な面で写真とパフォーマンスの関係性を探る。日本からは草間彌生、深瀬昌久ほか、Yves Klein、Erwin Wurm、Cindy Sherman、Samuel Fossoなどが出展する予定。約50人の重要な作家が参加、ヴィンテージプリントや大型作品からInstagramを含む500点以上が展示される。
 
 今回は東京るまん℃にインタビューし、彼女の写真、パフォーマンスについて尋ねた。そこにはセルフポートレートという癒やしと喜び、そして彼女の作品を初めて見た時のインパクトからは意外と感じるほどに、普遍的なで身近なことが見えてきた。
 Since her debut work “Rest 3000~, Stay 5000~” was published and exhibited by Zen Foto Gallery in 2012, Tokyo Rumando has been participating in both domestic and international photography art fairs, such as Tokyo Photo, No Found photo fair and Fotofever. What’s more, her latest series “Orphee” will be presented in a group exhibition “Performing for the Camera” at Tate Modern from February 18 to June 12, showing 20 prints from the series. This exhibition, with over 50 influential artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Erwin Wurm and Cindy Sherman on display, explores the relationship between photography and performance and engages with both provocative and light topics, such as gender exploration, identity, humour and the representation of the performance by the photographic medium.
   On the occasion of her participation in such an important event, Tokyo Rumando speaks about her works, her thoughts and the concepts that lay under her art, unveiling her world to the national and foreign audience for the first time. This brief interview aims to bring awareness of an unrestful world crawling under the skin of mainstream Japanese photography, where a new generation of young photographers is trying to earn the recognition they rightfully deserve.



Thursday, 21 January 2016

【対談 / 三里塚】加納典明さん×北井一夫さん



 A conversation between TENMEI KANOH and KAZUO KITAI on "SANRIZUKA"


日程:2015年12月19日[土] 会場:禪フォトギャラリー  / 司会:アマンダ・ラ / テキスト:柴田さやか

2015年12月5日から2016年1月9日まで禪フォトギャラリーで開催していた加納典明写真展「三里塚1972」にあわせ、加納典明氏と北井一夫氏のトークショーを開催いたしました。当日は複数立ち見のお客様も出るほど大盛況となり、三里塚闘争を始め、お二人がどのように当時の日本社会や写真と向き合ってきたのか、実体験を交えたお話となりました。

一部分のみとなりますが、ここでご紹介いたします。
対談 / 北井一夫さん(左)と加納典明さん(右) Kazuo Kitai-san (left) and Tenmei Kanoh-san (right)
関連写真集 :

加納典明『三里塚1972』(禪フォトギャラリー刊 2015) 北井一夫『三里塚』(ワイズ出版 2000)
Related publications:
Tenmei Kanoh Sanrizuka1972 (Zen Foto Gallery, 2015) Kazuo Kitai Sanrizuka (Wides Shuppan, 2000)

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Akira Tanno, photographer - Obituary


Akira Tanno, in 1957

No matter how hard one attempts to use words to praise a photographer’s life of 89 years, a single phrase from the photographer himself is most convincing: ‘photography, out of the magic box.’ No matter how the history of photography was developed through modernity and technology, and its expression extended to fine art, Akira Tanno held onto his childhood memory of the magic within an elementary photographic device as the essence of his photography. His passion towards, and achievements in, photography originated in delight and wonder. Akira Tanno’s life of dedication to photography began when he encountered a camera at the Togo Camera store. As he recalled, it was as an elementary school kid wandering about a shopping district in his neighborhood. The black box appeared as a ‘magic box’ to him, and he carried this memory his entire life. His do-it-yourself spirit, already evident in his primary attempt to reproduce ‘the box’ with materials within his reach, along with the love and fascination for photography as miraculous phenomenon, led him to seek to be a photographer.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Atsushi Fujiwara 'Poet Island'

The work of photographer Atsushi Fujiwara portrays different themes within each of his projects, however the three projects that he has worked on nevertheless resonate with each other. All three of his photographic projects were either set in, or related to, islands: ‘Nangoku-sho’ captures the southwestern tip of Japanese Kyushu island, inspired by Nangoku-sho an anthology of waka poems that his grandfather wrote; ‘Butterfly had a Dream’ traces a path of a woman originally from an island off the coast of Tokyo; and his latest project ‘Poet Island’ which has been primarily released as a photobook, contains a collection of photographs taken on an island sanatorium where Hansen’s disease patients were isolated. But his eyes are not precisely directed upon such a history of the island being a sanatorium of once incurable disease. Rather, the landscape, seascape, buildings no longer in use, insects and statues to the miscellaneous aspects of the island are captured through the eyes and works of the poet Kaijin Akashi, who suffered from the disease and resided on the island. Bringing together a poet’s life and the history of the island of Hansen disease through the medium of photography, Fujiwara created another image for this subject, which has more commonly been explored within the documentary context. 


Atsushi Fujiwara, from the series of 'Poet Island'