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Daydreaming – A Japanese motion
A photography exhibition by Morgan De Laporte
15th – 31st August 2017
Private view: Tuesday 15th August, 18:00 – 20:00
Morgan de Laporte is a French photographer focused on street and travel photography. Mixing analogue and digital tools, he shows here his journey around Honshu Island.
This series of photographs explore the Japanese rythmes of life. Travelling through the gigantic mazes of Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama, always in the spectator’s position. He captures the workers and dreamers of Japan’s sprawling megalopolis; frozen moments of cities in constant movement and its inhabitants who snooze and feed these never-sleeping giants.
A journey that also takes him to the more peaceful life in the snowy mountains of Nikko and Nagano, where nature – the guardian of Japanese values and culture – is here to contrast with the urban frenzy.
Saturday and Sunday by appointment only
Takashi Kawashima creates works to suggest ‘absent’ stories, which recount catastrophes caused by overwhelming natural powers, tracing the memory of the land via the imaginary narrative woven by the artist’s own experiences and questions. Kawashima’s works guide the viewers to imagine a story through a striking sequence of images and the clever use of space. The dynamic installations let the audience experience these stories in a more empirical way by dramatically connecting and severing visual spatial references.
In the artist’s first UK solo exhibition Absence and Ambience, one of the two rooms of the gallery is dedicated to the project Unfinished Topography/Collection, a collection of fragmented stories of catastrophes which happened after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. In the other room, Kawashima examines the uncertainty surrounding us in our daily lives through the motif of ‘shadow’. This research has been inspired by the unique natural environment of the Netherlands, in which Kawashima has been living and creating his works for the past year.
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle)
London NW1 4QP
Free, booking essential.
Image: “A Place of Red Clay”, 2015, Archival Pigment Print, © Takashi Kawashima. Courtesy of G/P gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
Barbican Art Gallery presents Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins, featuring photography from Daido Moriyama and Seiji Kurata.
‘MCM Comic Con events are the UK and Ireland’s and most exciting pop culture shows, and the only UK based shows that bring together such a broad scope of popular culture categories including; Movies, Gaming, Comics, Anime, Television, Gadgets, Clothing and Toys.
We aim to put on the best consumer shows for the modern pop-culture market. Our show floors are packed full of activity from live eSports matches and cosplay celebrations to experiential opportunities inspired by the movies and brand new releases of your favourite games to play.
On top of all that we have the awesome Comic Village area for independent comic artists, VidFest for upcoming YouTube stars, PopAsia to revel in all things Asian inspired and Memorabilia, our collector haven. Our theatres also play host to exclusive screenings and panels of special guests, all whom take part in photograph sessions and signings throughout the weekend.
MCM Comic Con is THE destination event to celebrate all things pop-culture, it is not to be missed by any geek, nerd, cosplayer, or fan boy and girl!’
Starting the 12th October and running until 15th December, Adam Isfendiyar will be holding a photography exhibition about the life of an Ainu (indigenous people of Japan) man in Hokkaido. He has been working on this project for over 2 years with Kenji Matsuda, giving an insight into the modern Ainu and the continuing legacy of the recent past since the Japanese took over Hokkaido at the end of the 19th century. It will be showing at The Brunei Gallery, SOAS and entry is free!
London’s very own festival of Japanese culture – Japan Matsuri – returns on Sunday, 29 September 2019 in Trafalgar Square in the centre of the city. A regular fixture now in the London calendar, this free annual festival brings people together to enjoy Japanese food, music, dance, and activities for all the family.
The concept of the theme this year is “Future generations”.
Everything kicks off at 10.00am and runs through till 8.00pm. With two stages, there is plenty to see all day. The programme of stage performance for this year is still being finalised and will feature exciting new acts as well as the return of favourites from previous Matsuri.
Enjoy the atmosphere with Japanese festival food from the numerous stalls. Join in the fun in the family activities area with games and dressing in kimono. Try your hand at Japanese cartoons on the manga wall.
Japan Matsuri is organised jointly by the Japan Association, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Japan Society and Nippon Club, with support from the Embassy of Japan.
Tonights presentation celebrates the joint opening of an exhibition of photography by Yuka Fujii at the Pocko Gallery, together with the UK premiere of LIKE PLANETS, a film of images and text taken from the book of the same name. There will also be live music from Clive Bell and Rie Nakajima.
The film makes its world premiere at the Punkt Festival in Norway in September 2019 followed soon after by this London showing. There are plans to take it to Japan later in the year. LIKE PLANETS also features a specially commissioned soundtrack by Mark Wastell.
LIKE PLANETS FILM