08.02.2019 - 22.04.2019Exhibition script and design: Anna Król Cooperation: Monika Pawłowska, Joanna Haba
Aleksandrowicz’s Japanese photographs are an interesting document of an encounter of East and West, an interaction of dissimilar cultures, different peoples. Images of landscapes, historic architecture, incidental people – rich and poor alike – encountered at a theatre, at a railway station, on their way to the temple, children and students – all these are pictorial records of a world that no longer exists, photographic ukiyoe.
Hiroh Kikai (1945 Sagae, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan) is one of major Japanese artist photographers. For over forty years, he has been taking photographs of people encountered in Tokyo’s Asakusa. Shot against a plain backdrop, enclosed in the noble dimension of a square frame, images of Japanese people emerge – odd, eccentric, separate from the crowd of millions arriving to visit the temple. The artist always photographs them in the same way: he positions the person against the background provided by the red wall of the temple, asking them to tell him who they are and what they do, as the basis for the subsequent annotation of the photo. He spends the same amount of time witch each of them – 10 minutes. The transience of the moment is confronted with palpable reality. Another meeting of the model and the artist is impossible.
Traditionally perceived as one of the fine arts, calligraphy is exhibited both in Japan and abroad, and scrolls by well-known artists are included in many prestigious collections.
HONORARY CONSUL OF JAPAN