jeudi, février 14, 2008

I do have some photos exhibited in Tokyo, starting tomorrow, at Ginza the edge.

"This is the first in a series of exhibitions organized by Tokyo photographer, editor and small press publisher Alin Huma on the theme of “the edge”. As the exhibitions unfold each show will in some way relate to the idea of an edge, a margin…in this case the border where stuff can barely stand in a gallery or fall into the ‘photo-bucket’

…the kind of stuff and feelings and ideas that will never make it onto the walls of the regular Ginza gallery beat.

The inaugural edge show features the work of four people from different parts of the world - Naoki Matsuyama (Milan), Pete Toms (New York), Arnaud Meuleman (Brussels) and Gilles Weinzapflen (Paris) - who represent samples of life in the twenty-first century as seen through the lens of a digital camera and often posted on the internet. Their photos should be understood as what they are - documents of lives expressed and lived on blogs, journals and diaries. So, while they use photography to share with us what they see, they are not photographers, at least not in any preciously dull and ostentatiously posturing high art sense.

This relaxed, yet fully engaged, approach to representing their worlds allows them to capture the inbetweenness of life in the twenty-first century, when things could go either way, when things have not yet settled into any one place. It sounds simple but it’s actually the hardest task - to simply be at the edge of things and find a new language to reveal the uncertainty of the space and time of what was before and what has yet to come. As well as catching the nuances of all of this and the requisite references to marginality and so forth, Huma’s title is a nod to U2’s The Edge - the man who used to feature in the top 10 guitarist lists despite never having done a solos. In particular, though, Huma is referencing the soaring and biting soundscapes of the three U2 post-modern albums of the 90s.

So, as The Edge’s guitar playing sounds like it is carving out spaces, and is in continual motion between zones of association, so too does this show (andits subsequent related exhibitions) explore the idea of the edge in a variety of manifestations. There are physical edges like cliffs as well as temporal, purely immaterial, edges like Christmas trees in the early days of January…

Antonin Gaultier" (aka DIGIKI)