Eu: Satoshi Fujiwara | ITSLIQUID

Eu: Satoshi Fujiwara

Art | August 2, 2017 |

Eu: Satoshi FujiwaraImage courtesy of Fondazione Prada

Eu: Satoshi Fujiwara
Fondazione Prada Osservatorio, Milano
From 7 June to 16 October 2017

 

Fondazione Prada presents “EU”, an anthological exhibition by Japanese photographer Satoshi Fujiwara at the Osservatorio in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan from 7 June to 16 October 2017. The show includes some of the most significant works by the artist long with “5K Confinement”, a commission realized for “Belligerent Eyes”, an experimental media research project on image production hosted at Fondazione Prada in Venice in Summer 2016.

 

Eu: Satoshi FujiwaraImage courtesy of Fondazione Prada

 

Curated by Luigi Alberto Cippini in a set-up conceived by Armature globale, the exhibition offers an alternative to the representational regimes which have set the ground for the current “European photographic identity”. As stated by Cippini, “contemporary photographic production seems to be regulated by strict resolution, impact and distribution standards. An increasing number of freelance reporters daily document social and political events within and on the edges of the European Union, producing images that, although free from any rigid classification standards, seem to be nonetheless subject to specific aesthetic, accessibility, spatial and content regimes. Such constraints allow and support the work of new generations of photographers, increasing the possibilities for their photos to be published yet contributing to the standardization of an average, neutral taste”.

 

Eu: Satoshi FujiwaraImage courtesy of Fondazione Prada

 

Satoshi Fujiwara, initiates a pressing and critical action on the gazer, through the focal length set from portrayed subjects and the heterogeneous definition of his photographs, diverting from the standards of photo-journalism and from an exclusively documentary dimension, thus producing a new emerging lexicon.

 

Eu: Satoshi FujiwaraImage courtesy of Fondazione Prada

 

5K Confinement” (2016) documents the spatial and architectural intervention inside Ca’ Corner della Regina, Fondazione Prada’s Venetian venue, during the course of experimental film school “Belligerent Eyes”. By creating a remake of the techniques employed by Japanese photographer Ikko Kagari, the author of a voyeuristic manual to realize infra-red female portraits, Fujiwara confronted himself with the project’s core architectural installation, recording its technological environment and unveiling its integrated surveillance systems.

 

Eu: Satoshi FujiwaraImage courtesy of Fondazione Prada

 

In “#R” (2015-ongoing), the artist presents the deconstruction of seemingly real conflicts between the police and protesters. By voluntarily altering the origin and context of the images and by reducing the angle of view, Fujiwara reflects on the potential use of photographic reportage and its distribution as a means for consent and critique. “Venus” (2016-ongoing) documents the behavior of the audience at a German erotic fair, whereas in “Friday: A report on a report” (2015-2016) his attention shifts to the photojournalists and TV reporters during the Paris terrorist attacks in November 2015. Fujiwara contracts the details on the external context to highlight the visual violence determined by specific environmental constraints and by a reduced security perception.

 

Eu: Satoshi FujiwaraImage courtesy of Fondazione Prada

 

The set up for “EU” is made up of assembled images, which aim to eliminate any linear narrative context. This operation was inspired by the re-elaboration of an exhibition architecture designed by Herbert Bayer for “The Road to Victory: a procession of photographs of the nation at war”, a show held at MoMA in New York in 1942. Portions of worn out cameras, along with different forms of human presence and surveillance, all converge in some kind of tazibao: this historical form of public information employed during the Chinese Cultural Revolution is combined with currently widespread visual association constraints, such as video editing and digital manipulation softwares. As explained by Cippini, the exhibition set-up is “a conglomeration of definition formats and standards which documents the inurement to image consumption, as well as the necessity to dialogue with less visible means of contemporary propaganda”.

 

more. fondazioneprada.org

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below

RELATED POSTS


CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI…

Calls | May 24, 2022

ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with ACIT Venice – Italian-German Cultural Association, and EGO’ Boutique Hotel is pleased to announce the open call for VISIONS, the third appointment of ANIMA MUNDI 2022, that will take place in Venice at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello from June 16 to July 06, 2022, and at Palazzo Bembo - Venice Grand Canal from June 17 to July 06, 2022, during the 59th Venice Biennale of Art. Read more


ANIMA MUNDI 2022

Calls | May 10, 2022

ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with EGO’ Boutique Hotel and ACIT Venice - Italian-German Cultural Association, is pleased to announce the open call for ANIMA MUNDI 2022, international exhibition of photography, painting, video art, installation/sculpture, and performance art, that will be held in Venice Read more


EXHIBITION REVIEW: VENICE EXPERIMENTAL VIDEO…

Events | May 9, 2022

ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with EGO’ Boutique Hotel, is pleased to announce the great success of VENICE EXPERIMENTAL VIDEO AND PERFORMING ART FESTIVAL 2022, a one-night event of video and performance art, held in Venice at Palazzo Bembo, on April 23 2022, the same opening day of the 59th Venice Biennale of Art. Read more


The Belgrade Philharmonic Concert Hall

Architecture | May 5, 2022

Following a year-long international competition led by the UNDP, London architecture studio AL_A has been selected to design the new Belgrade Philharmonic Concert Hall. Read more


Sign up for our Newsletter.

Enter your email to receive our latest updates!