10 of Today's Levitation original prints participate in the touring exhibition "Tokyo Before/After." This exhibition tours worldwide through the next 10 years. The first venue is at The Japan Foundation, Toronto, Canada. Through July 11, 2018.
Tokyo BEFORE/AFTER Photography Exhibition
April 11 - July 11, 2018
The Japan Foundation, Toronto (Toronto, Canada)
This touring exhibition "Tokyo Before/After" features 80 pieces of photography in two groups. The historical works shot in Tokyo in the 1930s to 1940s are displayed in contrast with contemporary pieces created after 2010. Before World War II, the city of Tokyo in the 1930s and 1940s was about to complete the urban structural framework as a contemporary metropolis. Photographers took expressive advantage of the high technical level of their medium in order to fix the images of a vibrant, urban space, where the traditional and the modern co-existed and clashed at the same time. In contrast, after 2010 Tokyo enfolds the fluid social condition of the era after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and is experiencing even greater transformation. Rapid digitalization of the photographic method influences the characteristics of photographic expression; thus, the individuality and viewpoint of each artist are more clearly visible than ever. In comparing the two groups of photography from these different eras, the figures of Tokyo in the past, present, and future are distinctively intensifying. We hope that exhibition visitors will deepen their understanding of the multi-faceted megacity of Tokyo through the photographs by Japanese artists in this touring exhibition.
Kotaro Iizawa (photography critic)
Before: KOGA (Light Pictures), NIPPON, Kineo Kuwabara
After: Nobuyoshi Araki, Mika Ninagawa, Motoyuki Daifu, SATO Shintaro, Shinya Arimoto,
Natsumi Hayashi, Kenta Cobayashi, Daido Moriyama
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