Ars Cameralis Silesiae Superioris

Kishin Shinoyama. Atokata/Traces

21.11.2012 — 20.01.2013 | BWA Contemporary Art Gallery in Katowice

The exhibition was part of the ⅩⅩⅠ Ars Cameralis Festival 2012. It took place at the BWA Contemporary Art Gallery in Katowice.

„March 11, 2011 at 2:46 p.m. The nature self-destructed with an overwhelming energy. Never before have we seen such scenery — a landscape where both life and death were experienced at the same time. It was in that moment when we realised how irrational life can be. Nature created a new nature. And it wasn’t just a God’s whim, neither was it a terrifying hell — it was more a sublime view, filled with calm silence. I could only gaze with humility, taken over by terror towards the force of nature.”
/Kishin Shinoyama

Catastrophes are Japanese daily life. From following storms and earthquakes to Hiroshima and Nagasaki — Japan is a country constantly razed and rebuilt. However, the 2011 earthquake and tsunami were extreme in their impetuosity and extent. Kishin Shinoyama evidenced it and photographed dismembered trees, twisted pieces of metal, smashed stones. From the vivid debris, the artist abstracted images allowing to see a creative force of destruction.

Kishin Shinoyama is one the most important Japan photographers, hitherto associated mostly with nude photographs. His latest project is a cycle of large photographs documenting the landscape of Tohoku, the most destroyed part of Japan. Next to Berlin project by Leiko Ikemura, the cycle Atokata/ Traces is one of the most important visual statements about the March cataclysm. The exhibition during ⅩⅩⅠ Ars Cameralis Festival  was first presentation of the cycle in Europe.  

Honorary patronage of the Embassy of Japan in Poland.