"Conversation sur la Photographie autour d'un Sencha Tea par Tamasaka"
4, 5 & 6 July, 2018
At COSMOS ARLES BOOKS
Kamogawa Foetus motus 鴨川胎動
4/7 - 5/26 2018 Kyoto, Japan
Exhibition in-between Sky and River
“Exhibition in-between Sky and River” prays for the restoration of the Kamo River, where “ayu” fish swim upstream. It is developed under the cooperation of the Kamogawa Fisheries Association, to save these fish from cormorants. The exhibition is a photo montage of a large dragon displayed on the river, recalling “Yuzen Nagashi,” the process of removing dyes from cloth in a clean river.
This Photo-Talk-Exhibition is a new attempt to create a space to feel the photograph “Λ”, borrowing Kyoto’s mountain and river as backgrounds. Discussion will take place sitting in a circle. Several special guests will be invited, including a sencha master who will serve tea for the audience.
Part 1: at historical site “Sanshisuimeisho” house
Part 2: at Kamo river-side
Part 3: announced at Part 1 & Part 2
In Cooperation with the Raisanyo-Kyuseki-hozonkai Foundation, the Sanshisuimeisho Study of Sanyo Rai
12 January 2017 — 12 February 2017 Antwerp, Belgium
With pleasure IBASHO presents a solo exhibition of the Japanese photographer Naoyuki Ogino.
IBASHO will show works from Ogino’s black-and-white series 'Womb of the Myth' from 2010/2011. This series was photographed on the site of the movie studio at Uzumasa Kyoto, Japan, which is one of the last places where the practice of traditional Japanese movie craftsmen remains. The recurrent construction and destruction - birth and delivery - of movie sets in the womb of the studio over a period of 60 years, has become a kind of simulacrum; the atmosphere of the place is filled with the ancient Japanese past, gods and future.
Ogino’s most recent works created with photography’s oldest printing technique, the salt print, on thin Japanese washi paper, can be admired as well. The salt prints on show derive from different series, among others from Ogino’s series ‘Skin’ from 2015. With this series he has tried to visualise not only a feeling of presence of a female body, like a breath felt on their skin, but also a materiality through a rich texture in the print that touches the viewer directly and deeply. His other salt prints reveal the deep relationship Ogino has with the Japanese mystical traditions and religions, his images often airing an evanescent world.
Exhibition "Fount of Geiko" at Tbilisi photo festival at Georgia.
Contemporary Japanese Photography
by Koji Onaka, Aya Fujioka, Yu Yamauchi, Eriko Koga, Chieko Shiraishi, Hajime Kimura, Kazuma Obara, Arata Dodo, Motohiro Takeda, Miho Kajioka, Naoyuoki Ogino
The works of more the ten contemporary japanese photographers will be shown in the exhibition that will inaugurate the 7th edition of Tbilisi Photo Festival. This will be the very first time the japanese photography will be shown in Georgia and the whole region of South Caucasus.
7 years have passed since I first came to Kyoto, during which I have encountered many scenes of the “in-between,” both usual and unusual. These moments of “makai” (“encountering the in-between”) are gathered in this exhibition.
This exhibition is an attempt to consider the “Circle of Life” from the standpoint of makai.
Established in 2015, IBASHO is a photography gallery in Antwerp focused on exhibiting the work of both well-known and emerging Japanese talents, as well as the work of Japanese-inspired western photographers.
IBASHO intends to show the versatility of Japanese photography in its many guises, from the raw and unpolished to the minimalistic. As photo books are an important medium for presenting photography in Japan, IBASHO also deals in new and antiquarian Japanese photo books.
Naoyuki will talk about his Womb of the Myth series, of which there are a number of photographs on display in the IBASHO booth. The series is about an old traditional Kyoto movie studio in decay. He will also show and discuss his salt prints, an old printing technique he has mastered and perfected over the last one and a half years.
IBASHO are in booth D6 in the Discovery section, Mezzanine level.
21st - 24th May 2015 at Somerset House London, U.K.
IBASHO - ‘a place where one feels comfortable and at ease’
IBASHO is a new gallery in Antwerp, Belgium, offering vintage and contemporary Japanese and International Fine Art Photography. IBASHO hopes to show the versatility and beauty of Japanese photography in its many guises, from the raw and unpolished to the minimalist and still. The international photography compliments and deepens the Japanese collection and focuses on the beautiful that can be called ‘Japanese aesthetics’.
Offspring Spirits Exhibition at KYOTOGRAPHIE + 2015
30th April - 6th May 2015 Kyoto, Japan
This series was made in Kyoto, Japan at a local Bon Festival (Spirit’s festival). During one particular day in summer, people gather around a drum tower to be with the souls of their ancestors. Children run around playing and unexpectedly join the elderly in a circle of talk and dance. Parents are talking, drinking, eating and dancing, or playing a drum on the tower for the dancers. Older people, seated in chairs surround the drum tower.
The event is a kind of haunting and on these occasions generations gather together and carry their many different worlds into the same place. Here I have found it possible to reopen long abandoned windows, which were closed during the years of my growth and education. I placed myself there to loosen up or free myself from expectations, to reunite divided things and to recover the important spirits. I throw out all of the complex lenses in order to reveal my deserted windows. The world's manufactured lenses are optically very well designed, but perhaps they are too faithful. I needed to give freedom to aberrations, as well as boundaries. I needed to create freedom for both the optical and the imagined axises so that they and I might swing freely.
I let myself feel the relief, hold the handmade simple lens and stepped into this haunt. I felt myself become part of a view through a reopening window, which leads back to the Offspring Spirits.
'Photographs from the Floating World' refers to the famous woodblock prints made by masters such as Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi under the name 'Ukiyo-e', pictures of the floating world. In this centuries-long tradition, artists and artisans made beautiful, stylised artworks with themes such as beautiful women, actors, historic events and folk tales, travel scenes, landscapes and erotica. The development of photography is one of the causes of the demise of this art form, as the labour-intensive cutting and printing could be replaced by the quicker and simpler processes of photography making realistic pictures reachable for the masses. In recent years, more and more photographers are showing a longing for the traditional themes of Ukiyo-e and are also focusing on long-forgotten printing techniques.