Exhibition at Japan Foundation, Toronto: Counter-Photography-Japan's Artists Today

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Exhibition at Japan Foundation, Toronto: Counter-Photography-Japan's Artists Today

Post  JF on Thu Apr 29, 2010 11:11 pm


Monday and Thursday evenings until 7:00 pm

May 1 & 15, Special Saturday afternoon openings noon 5:30 pm

Eikoh Hosoe, Kamaitachi #32 (1968)

A photo exhibition presented by The Japan Foundation
Official participant in the 2010 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival

60 works by 11 artists

Hiroko INOUE

March 5 - May 15, 2010
The Japan Foundation , Toronto
131 Bloor Street West , 2nd floor of the Colonnade
www.jftor.org 416.966.1600 x229

Gallery hours:
Monday: 11:30 am - 7:00 pm, extended hours
Tuesday: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday: 11:30 am - 7:00 pm, extended hours
Friday: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Special Saturday Openings:
May 1 & 15: Noon - 5:00 pm

Other Saturdays and Sundays

Photography is generally known as a medium that accurately records reality. In fact, however, its unparalleled ability to faithfully reproduce reality can also be put to exactly the opposite effect. This characteristic of photography has given rise to the desire to reveal objects that cannot be seen with the naked eye in other words, to photograph the invisible world.

With the end of modernism, conventional value systems have crumbled, and the communal frameworks that sustained such value systems have been revealed as mere fictions. Insight into alternative values, such as those of the invisible world that lies hidden behind physical reality, is fervently sought. One good place to begin the search for such values is the concrete, individual medium of photography. In an age where spiritual foundations have been lost, we must have the courage to confront the basic premise that there are indeed no such foundations, and we must use even the most fragmentary phenomena to render visible that which we have lost sight of.

The present exhibition attempts to introduce this approach to reality through the photographic works of contemporary Japanese artists. The exhibition is divided into two sections, based on the artists’ choice of subjects and approaches. One section is called To Distill: Another Appearance. In this section, the artists’ intention is to extract the essential “spirit” of the subject be it a plant, stone, or any other item thereby revealing a dimension of the subject entirely separate from conventional aspects. In other section, To Reverse: Another Relationship, the artists adopt a more social approach. The works in this section explore one’s relationship with self, others, and ultimately one’s country in other words, they represent attempts to depict the relationships between people from an entirely new perspective.

The works in this exhibition are not intended to serve as documentary evidence for any particular reality. Rather, they are intended to reveal an aspect of reality that has become invisible, namely, “spirit”. These works constitute an attempt to present new realities and alternative ways of looking at the world.

In an age where people are caught between the conflicting demands of globalization and pluralism, it is my hope that this exhibition, by presenting the innovative approaches of various Japanese artists, will strike a chord among viewers and offer many opportunities for new discoveries.



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