NOBUYOSHI ARAKI – ‘POLANOGRAPHY’
Galerie &co119, Paris
8 April – 25 June, 2016
Set in the heart of Paris, new gallery space &co119 presents a pivotal exhibition
exploring the expression of photography as raw material.
&co119 presents “POLANOGRAPHY”, a solo exhibition by prolific Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki featuring 132 images made from sliced and reassembled Polaroids creating a whole new perspective, both in exploration of the female form and their own composition. Inspired by ‘kekkai’, the border found at Japanese buddhist temples to differentiate the outside world, it reflects the two conjoined images as two worlds colliding.
Like the juxtaposed images themselves, the title comes from an interplay between ‘Polaroid’ and ‘pornography’, both pivotal in Araki’s oeuvre. By interconnecting both, Araki creates new meaning to the images that build on his central themes of Eros and Thanatos (death) involving the traditional bondage practices of kinbaku’, to Japanese 19th century etotic art ‘shunga’.
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