by Allicette Torres

I went this week to the International Center of Photography to see the exhibit Heavy Light: Recent Photography and Video from Japan. I find myself constantly attracted to work from peoples who live on islands, being from and island myself?although quite distant from Japan. Their point of view deeply flourishes foreign yet, greatly familiar as if linked by salt water as our embryonic fluid.

To my dismay, I found the show uneven. The video could not hold it?s own with the photography. And the juxtaposition of artists was uneven in the photography. However, the strong artists, which included Asako Narahashi, Tomoko Sawada, Miwa Yanagi and Naoya Hatakeyama were a scintillating smack in the face. I found myself coming back to these four artist astounded by their intensity and force, I stood especially long in front of Miwa Yanagi?s Rapunzel trying to fuse the image into my brain so as to never forget it?s impression on my pupils. Worth seeing for these artist.

Asako NarahashiHalf Awake and Half Asleep in the Water

Tomoko SawadaSchool Days

Miwa YanagiRapunzel

Naoya Hatakeyama ? LW40608 from Lime Works

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Heavy Light: Recent Photography and Video from Japan
International Center of Photography
1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212.857.0000

Tuesday?Thursday: 10:00 am?6:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am?8:00 pm
Saturday?Sunday: 10:00 am?6:00 pm
Closed Mondays

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