Takuma Nakahira – Circulation: Date, Place Events

When 23 May 2013 - 12 Jul 2013
Where Yossi Milo Gallery
245 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10001
United States


Takuma Nakahira, Untitled, 1971. Courtesy of the artist

May 23 – July 12, 2013
Opening Reception and Book Launch: Thursday, May 23, 6-8pm

Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to announce Circulation: Date, Place, Events, the first solo show of Japanese photographer Takuma Nakahira in the United States. The exhibition will open on Thursday, May 23, and will be on view through Friday, July 12, 2013. An opening reception and book launch for Circulation: Date, Place, Events, will be held on Thursday, May 23, from 6:00 – 8:00PM.

Takuma Nakahira (Japanese, b. 1938) is a writer, critic, political activist and photographer with a legendary past who radically changed Japanese visual culture. By shooting stark, black-and- white images that are purposely blurry and grainy, Nakahira broke with Japan’s photographic history of social realism and allowed elements of uncertainty and expression into his work. Nakahira bases his photographic practice in the act of seeing and attempting to capture “pieces of reality cut out by means of the camera,” a statement made by Nakahira and critic, Kōji Taki in the first issue of Provoke. They go on to say that, the artist strives to create a “new form of thought” by transforming conventional language with the use of images that “at times…explosively ignite the world of language and concepts,” proving that the relationship between language and photography is central to Nakahira’s artistic practice. Nakahira would declare that the exhibition Circulation: Date, Place, Events first materialized this photographic methodology.

Circulation: Date, Place, Events was first exhibited in 1971 as part of the Seventh Paris Biennale. Each day, for seven consecutive days Nakahira photographed, developed and exhibited approximately one hundred photographs. The photographs are random glimpses from Nakahira’s daily activities in Paris, including strangers’ faces, produce stands, subway platforms, street posters and even his breakfast setting. Developing the photographs each night, Nakahira exhibited them without omission the following day. Once the walls of the exhibition space were crowded with photographs, the artist spread them onto the floor. The resulting project presented a limited reality dictated by guidelines of “date,” “place” and “events.” Following an argument with event organizers, Nakahira cut his project two days short. A few years later, in a dramatic break with his past work, Nakahira burned most of his earlier negatives and prints. For unknown reasons, the negatives of Circulation: Date, Place, Events were preserved.

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