Agence Germain Pire




Vernissage de Risaku Suzuki "Between the Sea and the Mountain - Kumano"

Nov 8 - Dec 23, 2016
Opening Reception with the artist: Tuesday, Nov 8, 17:00 - 21:00
Book signing: Tuesday, Nov 8, 17:00 - 21:00

Taka Ishii Gallery Photography Paris is pleased to present "Between the Sea and the Mountain - Kumano", a solo exhibition of works by Risaku Suzuki from November 8 to December 23. The exhibition will feature three works from the series "Between the Sea and the Mountain - Kumano" and four works from "Beyond the Realm of Time" produced in 2004. This solo show continues on in a second site, &co119 (Paris), where focused show titled "Beyond the Realm of Time" will be held.
The theme of "Between the Sea and the Mountain - Kumano" is the shooting of pre-mythological landscapes. The series records the path starting at the sea and leading to the mountains via the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, which was created through years of work by both man and nature. In our contemporary society flooded with photographs shot with digital cameras and cell phones, the act of looking at photographs is frequently carried out as a means to confirm known information, making any surprising visual experience rare. This situation has forced Suzuki to become self-conscious about the photographic medium. Suzuki aimed to capture the landscapes of Kumano that ancient peoples saw and identified as mythic sights. He strove to capture primordial landscapes that were seen before people learned to read and define objects of their gaze cerebrally. In this series, he released the shutter in response to light, wind, and sound in order to incorporate fluctuations in the external environment.
"Beyond the Realm of Time" is a series comprising photographs of the Oto festival and Nachi Falls of the Kumano region. The Oto festival is held annually on the night of February 6 at Kamikura Shrine. It is the oldest fire festival in Japan. The Nachi Falls originally comprises 48 falls in the Nachi Mountains, which is considered a sacred place by nature worshippers. In this series, Suzuki has reorganized the photographs, which he shot using a 6x7 camera between 1995 and 2004, in sequence. He has said in regards to this series, "The reason I dared to photograph subjects like fire or light, which came out overexposed, was that I wanted to make a work containing the white color of the printing paper which resulted from the brightness of the subjects over the latitude of the film. A photograph cannot be called a photograph without an "image", or the subject in it. That is, the white printing paper is just a "matiere" which is never considered as a photograph. l wished to approach the boundary between the photograph and the white printing paper." The photographs of the waterscapes of Kumano will be on view at Taka Ishii Gallery Photography Paris, while the works capturing the fire festival will be shown at &co119. The exhibition at &co119 will include five works from the "Beyond the Realm of Time" as well as one video work.

Vernissage de Risaku Suzuki "Between the Sea and the Mountain - Kumano"
Risaku Suzuki, "10, NR-1", 2010, Chromogenic print, 952 x 1190 mm © Risaku Suzuki
Location: Galerie Taka Ishii Photography Paris
119, rue Vieille du Temple
75003 Paris
M° Saint-S√©bastien - Froissart, Saint-Paul
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Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Time: 17:00-21:00 CET

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