The exhibition will include an iteration of Hosoe’s earliest series Man and Woman, featuring famed dancer and performance artist Tatsumi Hijikata, creator of the Butoh school of dance. Also on view will be selections from the series Kamaitachi (also featuring Hijikata), as well as selections from the series Killed By Roses — a collaboration with revered Japanese author and polymath Yukio Mishima.
A selection of cinematic presentations featuring Mishima and Hijikata, as well as films by Shuji Terayama, a member of Eikoh Hosoe’s multi-disciplinary experimental art ensemble Jazzu Eiga Jikken-Shitsu (Jazz Film Laboratory), will be scheduled throughout the run of the exhibition. These films will help underscore the aesthetics, persuasions, and concerns of this burgeoning period of experimental artists, whose defiance of traditional modes marked the oncoming storm of Japan’s cultural revolution.
Eikoh Hosoe (born Toshihiro Hosoe in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan, 1933) is one of the key figures to emerge out of Japan’s post-WWII avant-garde art scene. His mark on photographic history is undeniable. He continues to be a key figure in contemporary Japanese art, in addition to being a teacher and one of Japan’s most avid cultural ambassadors. Hosoe’s psychologically charged and visually arresting images often occupy a peculiar territory situated between personal desire, Japanese mythology, the erotic, and death. He is currently the director of the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (K*MoPA).
Revisitations to a Vacuum’s Nest
June 24 – August 27