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Araki Ojo Shashu. Photography for the Afterlife: Alluring Hell

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AMSTERDAM. Fino al’11 marzo 2015 il Foam ospiterà una grande mostra personale del fotografo giapponese Araki. ‘Araki Ojo Shashu – Photography for the After Life: Alluring Hell‘ è il titolo di questa mostra che dà una riflessione distinto sulla dell’opera di Araki, rinomato per il fuoco perpetuo del maestro sulla vita quotidiana e le sue tematiche intrecciate di vita (sesso) e la morte. La mostra comprende sia i primi lavori che le ultime serie inedite.

 

Sentimental Journey/Winter Journey, 1971/1990 © Courtesy Nobuyoshi Araki
Sentimental Journey/Winter Journey, 1971/1990 © Courtesy Nobuyoshi Araki

 

Nobuyoshi Araki (Tokyo, 1940) è uno dei più celebri artisti giapponesi del nostro tempo. Da quando ha iniziato la sua carriera fotografica a metà degli anni Sessanta, ha catturato decine di migliaia di fotografie e pubblicato più di 450 album fotografici. Le sue fotografie sono personali, indifferenti, casuali, accidentali, pruriginose, erotiche, anarchiche, volgari, sentimentali e l’effetto cumulativo è determinante.

Araki è uno dei grandi maestri internazionali della fotografia noto per i suoi scatti bondage e contemporaneamente il suo lavoro è molto intimo e personale, spesso strettamente legato a Tokyo e ai ricordi del matrimonio con la sua ormai defunta moglie Yoko.

 

Sentimental Journey/Winter Journey, 1971/1990 © Courtesy Nobuyoshi Araki
Sentimental Journey/Winter Journey, 1971/1990 © Courtesy Nobuyoshi Araki

 

La mostra è stata concepita in stretta collaborazione con l’artista e il titolo si riferisce al libro giapponese-buddista Ōjōyōshū del 985 dC, un libro che raffigura il paradiso e l’inferno e ispira Araki nella sua esplorazione esistenziale della vita (sesso) e la morte attraverso la fotografia.

L’equilibrio di polarità è il filo conduttore ch unisce le opere più vecchie ai numerosi album fotografici alle fotografie più recenti. La banalità e la spiritualità, la luce e l’ombra, la rivelazione e il travestimento, la realtà e la finzione, la razionalità e la passione, la creazione e la distruzione, la seduzione e la decadenza, la vita e la morte, il paradiso e l’inferno. Tutti opposti che vengono indagati da Araki e le sue fotografie.

Nel corso degli ultimi mesi, il 74enne Araki ha lavorato sulla sua nuova serie qaradise, che si compone di fotografie scure di fiori e bambole. Inoltre, ha riscoperto la serie (mai esposta prima) con fotografie erotiche in bianco e nero verniciate da Araki stesso. In mostra anche una vasta collezione di dissolvenza polaroid della serie Impossible che imposta il tono della mostra che consente al visitatore di svelare la complessità e le ossessioni di un fotografo di grande importanza internazionale.

 

Alluring Hell, 2008 © Nobuyoshi Araki in collaboration with Galerie Alex Daniëls – Reflex Amsterdam
Alluring Hell, 2008 © Nobuyoshi Araki in collaboration with Galerie Alex Daniëls – Reflex Amsterdam

 

ENGLISH VERSION. Foam is proud to present a major solo exhibition of the famous Japanese photographer Araki. ‘Araki Ojo Shashu – Photography for the After Life: Alluring Hell‘ gives a distinct reflection on Araki’s oeuvre, renowned for the master’s perpetual focus on daily life and his intertwining themes of Life (Sex) and Death. The exhibition comprises both his notorious early work, as well as very recent series that have never been shown in the Netherlands before. The exhibition offers a unique and intimate insight into the perspective of an artist in the dusk of his life.

Nobuyoshi Araki (Tokyo, 1940) is one of the most celebrated Japanese artists of our time. Ever since he started his photographic career in the mid-sixties, Araki has taken tens of thousands of photographs and published more than 450 photobooks. His photographs are personal, indifferent, random, accidental, prurient, erotic, anarchistic, touching, vulgar, sentimental. The cumulative effect is overwhelming.

Araki is an international master of photography, noted for his seemingly detached Kinbaku-photographs; Kinbaku, ‘the art of tight binding’, is a Japanese style of rope bondage. Simultaneously his work is very intimate and personal, often closely related to his Tokyo surroundings and to the memories of the marriage with his late wife Yoko until her death in 1990. Only by distancing himself through his lens, keeping life at an arms length, the artist can truly approach reality and eventually reconcile life and death.

 

Alluring Hell, 2008 © Nobuyoshi Araki in collaboration with Galerie Alex Daniëls – Reflex Amsterdam
Alluring Hell, 2008 © Nobuyoshi Araki in collaboration with Galerie Alex Daniëls – Reflex Amsterdam

 

Araki Ojo Shashu – Photography for the After Life: Alluring Hell is conceived in close collaboration with the artist. Nobuyoshi Araki is the starting point and so is the vision that he today has on his oeuvre. This is reflected in a careful selection out of his numerous important series. The title of the exhibition refers to the influential Japanese-Buddhist book Ōjōyōshū from 985 AD. It depicts heaven and hell, and inspires Araki in his existential exploration of Life (Sex) and Death through photography. The balance of polarities is a major thread running through the exhibition, from the far-famed series Satchin and Sentimental Journey/Winter Journey, to the numerous photobooks, to the most recent photographs: banality and spirituality, light and shadow, reveal and disguise, fact and fiction, rationality and passion, creation and destruction, seduction and decay, life and death, paradise and hell.

 

 qARADISE, 2014 © Courtesy Nobuyoshi Araki in collaboration with Galerie Alex Daniëls – Reflex Amsterdam
qARADISE, 2014 © Courtesy Nobuyoshi Araki in collaboration with Galerie Alex Daniëls – Reflex Amsterdam

 

During the past months, the 74-year-old Araki worked on his new series qARADISE, which consists of dark photographs of flowers and dolls. Moreover, he has rediscovered his never exhibited series Alluring Hell from 2008, with erotic black-and-white photographs overpainted by Araki himself. Also an extensive collection of fading polaroids from the Impossible series is shown. These recent series set the tone of the exhibition; they mirror Araki’s acceptance of, as well as his resistance to decline. While at first slightly alienating, in particular for the non-Japanese observer, both the individual images and the assembly of series may eventually bring about a feeling of transciency and melancholia – Araki’s work has its very own, touching beauty. The exhibition allows the visitor to unravel the complexity and obsessions of a photographer of great international importance.

The exhibition is made in cooperation with Galerie Alex Daniëls / Reflex Amsterdam can be visited from 11 March 2015.

 

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