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SAMURAI SPIRIT - The Aesthetic of Bushidoh
Painting exhibition by Atsuki Settangeli
Sept. 7 - Oct. 4, 2019Atsuki Settangeli 300p

"Pride weighs heavier than life itself" - As something we modern people have forgot, these words sound an echo in our hearts. Here is the way of life seeking true value in modern society dominated by capitalism. This is the reason why I paint the series SAMURAI SPIRIT. A pride that refers to a way of living and discovering a life in a sense of aesthetics. As a modern expressionist, I would like to live up to this aesthetics of myself.

 

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Asuki Settangeli Profile

NEOISM - A proprietary way to express past artistic works and combined with modern sense.

Focusing on the Italian Renaissance culture, which had an impact on art, philosophy and religion, particularly Leonardo da Vinci, whom I feel is greatest example on which to aim. Additional influences are Japanese "Bushido" and "Dandyism" as a basis for life perspectives along with 1970s culture, especially record album covers and movie posters.

Atsuki Settangeli official site -DRAGON RISING-
https://www.facebook.com/Settangeli/

 

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Lafcadio Hearn vs. Mokujiki Shonin: The stories of two nomads
Kamikiri (paper cutting artwork) by Katsuyuki Yagi

Exhibition Aug. 3 - Sept. 6, 2019
Aug. 5 (Mon.) opening reception 19:00 - 21:00 VIP Room

Lafcadio Hearn, also known by his Japanese name Yakumo Koizumi, was a writer known for his books about Japan, particularly Yokai stories of supernatural monsters, spirits, and demons in Japanese folklore. Originally born in Greece, he was raised in Dublin, educated in England and France, and worked in United State before moving to Japan in 1890. In addition to Hearn's writings, he taught literature at Tokyo and Wasuda universities, influencing many well-known Japanese writers at that time.

The other subject of this exhibition is Mokujiki Shonin, a wondering monk and artist who traveled throughout Japan depositing his smiling Buddha sculptures at the sacred sites he visited. During his pilgrimage which took him from the northern part Hokkaido to the southern island of Kyushu, Mokujiki Shonin made over a thousand of "Min-gei" sculptures, the name that has been given to describe freedom and harshness of nature and the innocence of this artwork.

Katsuyuki Yagi
Born in Yaizu, Shizuoka in 1947 and began to specialize in papercutting art while working as a history and literature museum curator. Katsuyuki's unique artworks are created by cutting authentic Chinese papers with traditional hand-made scissors. It is like the "kamikiri" performances seen in the Japanese theater, Katsuyuki constructs his artwork using a high-speed paper-cutting technique. His artworks are highly acclaimed in Lafcadio Hearn's alma mater in England and Mokujiki Shonin's birthplace in Yamanashi prefecture. As always, Katsuyuki's traveling scissors depict not only the spirit of the people, but also the power of the land.

Katsuyuki Yagi 350p

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OYAKO (Parents and Children)
Group Photography Exhibition
July 8- August 9, 2019

Oyako Day is on the 4th Sunday of July and in celebration of that special bond, this month's exhibition is a group show featuring images of parents and children in Japan and overseas. Photographs from China, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Mongolia, to Syria, Palestine, Ethiopia, Uruguay, United States, and under the sea are included in this show. The pictures were selected from a mix of 25 well-known and up-and-coming photographers who have focused their cameras on parents and children.

Recently, fights between oyako have been featured in the news, which highlights the difficulties that we are facing not only as a family, but also in the society as a whole. The parents are the first bond for the newborn baby and it is the base on which all future relationships are built. The weakness or strength this foundation can lead to becoming part of the problem or part of the solution when dealing with social issues such as domestic violence, addiction, and mental health. We are all here because we are part of a long unbroken chain of life. If we appreciate the life we were given, then shouldn't we be more concerned about the world we leave for future generations?

The Exhibition Committee would like to express our gratitude to all the photographers who are participating in this exhibition along with our appreciation to The Photographic Society of Japan for introducing cameramen from other countries.

Photographers
Jigmed Bayarmagnai, Everett Kennedy Brown, Mikel Flamm, Haruking, Yoshiro HIigai, Taishi Hirokawa, Tomoki Hirokawa, Yoshi Itokawa, Anisur Khondoker, Tadashi Kumagai, Shisei Kuwabara, Zaw Min, Bahan Nguyen, Junya Nishikawa, Ikuo Nakamura, Kazuyoshi Nomachi, Bruce Osborn, Eiichiro Sakata, Kyo Shimizu, Mayumi Takahashi, Mira Takahashi, Herbie Yamaguchi, Natsuki Yasuda, Taisuke Yokoyama, Megumi Yoshitake

Sakata Eiichiro NYC 300p

photo by Eiichiro Sakata

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Class Rooms

KnK Exhibition: photos by Kyo Shimizu

June 8 - July 5, 2019

Opening reception: June 10

Improving the lives of children in the world.

What is necessary to study? Is it stationary? Is it a classroom? It is so hard for working children to go to school. If they could spare just a little time for studying, even it wasn't at a school, it would be their "Class Room". The learning is not limited to academics. Other activities including music, sports, art, and even just having fun are important. If more children in the world could spend time in a learning environment, it will help them to prepare for the future. In the nearly 20 years that I have been involved with the NGO, KnK Japan, I have visited several overseas sites and met numerous children. Sometimes it's depressing to see children in the difficult situations, but it can also be moving seeing them trying their best with clear eyes. I wish to share what's happening, which is why I took up photography. I will not say that I have changed the children's world through my photos, but I hope to make their lives better as a humanitarian photographer.

Kyo Shimizu

Born in Tokyo in 1970. Worked at Nature Cine Pro as the last generation operating Super 16mm for science and nature TV programs, such as "NHK Special". In 1998, moved UK doing volunteer work as a career, and then joined MSF (Doctors without Borders) in 1999 filming its activities in Asia and Africa. Since 2003 Kyo has been specially working to support children as a member of KnK Japan (Children without Borders).

Awards: PX3 "State of the World" Curator Selected (2019), Ken Domon Cultural Awards, 2nd place (2018) Nikkei National Geographic Photo Award, Excellent prize (2015), IPA Professional, Honorable Mention (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) - Places spending time as a child -

www.kyoshimizu.jp

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Portraits of African Musicians 2019

photo exhibition by Tsunehiro Takakuwa
May 7 - June 7, 2019

It has been more than a quarter century since I first set foot on the good earth of Africa in 1991.

Since then, as if possessed, I have traveled incessantly to Africa, encountered tremendous African musicians and taken numerous portraits of them with a large 4x5-inch format camera. It is my belief that a portrait taken using a large format camera can capture the whole of its subject's life and strongly express it including his/her soul.

For people in Africa, song, dance and rhythm are an indispensable part of their daily lives. In one sense, these photos are unsolicited love letters from me to them.
As I encountered the lively, engaging faces and figures of these people, which seemed to be prototypically human and represent something that the Japanese were losing, I was smitten with Africa. Smitten, indeed.

Here you will see what I have carefully selected from more than 500 cuts of photographs I took in a large swath of Africa as well as France and Japan from 1991 to 2018.
The musicians hailed from a diverse range of regions across Africa, including Algeria in the north, South Africa in the south, Tanzania in the east, Reunion in the Indian Ocean and Senegal in the west.

This exhibition will be an opportunity for you to be intensely looked at by these lively faces, which seem to be prototypically human.
It would please me greatly if you were able to feel the soul of it all.

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