Art After Work The Eternal Idol: Photographing Eternity and Mortality


Award winning Japanese photographer Tsunaki Kuwashima will hold an exclusive event in Norwich to discuss his work, creative process, techniques and his most recent solo exhibition /The Eternal Idol/ at Union Gallery in Shoreditch. Kuwashima’s work is highly acclaimed for his unconventional, mesmerising and at times haunting style. For over a decade Kuwashima has pushed boundaries to visually define, in exquisite lyrical display, the opposing forces between eternity and mortality through photographic excavation of Japan’s archaeological past to the Jomon period (14,000-300 BC). He makes repeated references to dogu (clay figurines) and Jomon pots as relics of humanity where each mark traces the man’s desire to wish and pray for powers beyond his own. Originally printed on extremely rare FUJI Hi Metallic Paper, he captures his long-lasting fascination to communicate the fundamental truth of life in a world that predates script. To Kuwashima, dogu are ‘letters without text addressed to us in the 21st century? The lecture followed by discussion with Andi Sapey will be held at the Sainsbury Institute (64 The Close, NR1 4DH) on Wednesday 21 August. A separate private viewing session will be held at the Union Gallery in London on Thursday 22 August.

Date: 21 & 22 August 2013
Venue: 21st: Sainsbury Institute, 64 The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH / 22nd: Union Gallery, 94 Teesdale Street, London E2 6PU
Tel: 01603 597 507
Organiser: Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures / The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

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