‘The Photo Book as Object’: IBASHO presents an exhibition of Japanese photo books

IBASHO Gallery in Antwerp organizes an a-typical exhibition, presenting Japanese photo books rather than the photo prints.

Within Japanese photography the photo book is a very important medium. During the 1960s and '70s in Japan, the photo book - through a combination of excellence in design, printing, and materials - even overtook prints as a popular mode of artistic dissemination. This process has expanded to an extent where any discussion of contemporary Japanese photography now has to include the book work.

As of the opening of the gallery in 2015, IBASHO has not only shown Japanese photography in print form, but has also put emphasis on the photo book with a collection of new and antiquarian Japanese photo books.

In 2019 IBASHO partnered up with the Parisian publisher the(M)éditions to publish more experimental books related to Japanese photography. Since then, they have published 8 photo books together and in October/November 6 more co-publications have been launched.

In the exhibition ‘The Photo Book as Object’ the publications by IBASHO & the(M)éditions will be exhibited, accompanied by works of the artists. There will also be creative photo books and works by some other artists on display, resulting in a large group photo book exhibition.

Books by the following artists - and artworks - will be exhibited:

  • Masahisa Fukase - ‘Kill the Pig’;
  • Daido Moriyama - ‘RANDOM WALK’;
  • Albarrán Cabrera - ’The World’s First Photobook was Blue’ & Special Edition of ‘Pale Blue Dot’;
  • Toshiya Watanabe - ‘Somewhere Not Here’;
  • Yoshinori Saito - ‘After the Snowstorm’;
  • Sean Lotman - ’The Sniper Paused So He Could Wipe His Brow’;
  • Miho Kajioka - ‘so it goes, so it goes’ & ‘And, do you stil hear the peacocks?’;
  • Hideyuki Ishibashi - ‘Other Voices’
  • Casper Faassen - ‘ReCollection’;
  • Paul Cupido - Special Edition of ‘Mukayu’ & ‘4 a.m.’
  • Margaret Lansink - Special Edition of ‘Borders of Nothingness - On the Mend’ & ‘The Kindness of One’ & ’The concept of Ma’;
  • Kumi Oguro - ‘HESTER’.

The opening of the exhibition will be on Saturday 20 November from 14:00 - 18:00. ​

Marie Sepchat from Paris will be present, as well as the artists Kumi Oguro, Miho Kajioka, Margaret Lansink, Paul Cupido and Casper Faassen. 

IBASHO & the(M)éditions present:
'The Photo Book as Object' ​
20 November 2021 - 9 January 2022
IBASHO Gallery
Tolstraat 67,
2000 Antwerp





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