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Exhibition: "Japanese Photography from the 1970's to the Present"

Exposición:

Casa Asia and Japan Foundation open this photography and video exhibition, which can be seen from the 8th of October to the end of November at Purísima Pavilion of Sant Pau's Modernist Venue. The exhibition shows the evolution of Japanese photography from the 70's until today, at the same time it articulates an important part of Japan's identity with the arrival of video art.

The exhibition is made up of two parts: on the one hand photography from 1970 until today, curated by Ray Masuda, and on the other hand a selection of video art produced in the first decade of the 21st century with Menene Gras Balaguer, Culture and Exhibition Director of Casa Asia. Both parts merge conceptually at an exhibition through an identity crisis of Japanese people and hybridization that characterises the artistic practices of avant-gardes of the 60's and 70's and the generation of the 90's.

Ray Masuda presents a selection of images that covers a period of more than 30 years, where how the development of photography in Japan has contributed to accelerate experimentation and research in all fields can be seen. "This period has seen many dramatic transformations: the period of rapid economic growth of the 90's, which involved the development of a high level of consumer culture, information revolution, the growing transformation of population in cities and the loss of traditional customs, especially in rural areas", the expert guarantees.

Through the work of photographers such as Daydo Moriyama, Nobuyoshi Araki and Kazuo kitai - as an example among the more than 20 participants of this display - the value of innovation in this field can be seen. Figures of international recognition show up to where photography has invaded other disciplines eroding its description and going beyond limits and genres that usually characterised them.


Video Art

The second part of this exhibition suggests a dialogue with photography from the contribution of key works, carried out with this support, involve the development of the video. Si en la primera part es reuneixen sèries que fan al·lusió als escenaris de la vida urbana de Tòquio, en els vídeos que s'han seleccionat es tracta de mostrar els diferents usos que fan els artistes contemporanis de la càmera de vídeo i els vincles existents entre les produccions resultants i el lloc on viuen.

L'experimentació que caracteritza les primeres obres dels introductors del videoart al Japó, com Shigeko Kubota, Takahiko Iimura o Yoko Ono, tenen continuïtat en la d'artistes com Yasumasa Morimura, Odani Motohiko, Tabaimo, Kaoru Katayama i Hiraki Sawa que es mostren aquí; aquests últims també convertits en referents del desenvolupament més contemporani del videoart al Japó.

Els ponts que uneixen les diferents generacions d'artistes que participen en aquesta exposició són conceptualment els mateixos que permeten crear rutes per etapes, que no s'interrompen forçosament i permeten detectar la continuïtat de moviments i tendències en la història de l'art contemporani, el potencial al Japó és equivalent al de la literatura i el cinema.

Photo:  Shuji Yamada · Nihon Mura Series Photograph (Japan Village) · 1969/1979 · Japan Foundation

Date
2015/10/09 > 2015/11/29
Timetable

Del 8 d'octubre al 29 de novembre de 2015.

Venue
Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau
La Purissima
c/ Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167
Barcelona
Ticket
Admission: 8 Euros. La Puríssima Pavilion is within Sant Pau's Modernist Venue and it requires a ticket.
Organiser
Casa Àsia i la Fundació Japó, amb la col·laboració del MUSAC, el CAB i Caixa Bank
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