Boundaries: Photographic Expressions from Japan and Germany
Thomas Neumann + Katlen Hewel + Toshiyuki Nanjo + Sajik Kim


Venue: HRD Fine Art
Date: April 20 - May 25, 2019
Hours: Wed & Thu 11:00am - 3:00pm / Fri & Sat 11:00am - 6:00pm
Closed: Sun, Mon, Tue

Opening reception: April 20, Saturday, 5:00pm -
Introduction

HRD Fine Art is pleased to announce a group show titled "Boundaries," showcasing four photographic artists in their thirties and forties from Japan and Germany.

Boundaries, be it geographic ones such as rivers or mountains, artificial ones like national borders, walls, or fences, or things such as human skins, are where the two different worlds are separated and disconnected. At the same time, however, boundaries can be a place where two worlds meet and interconnect, and even merge with each other. Through the works of artists with different cultural background, this exhibition aims to explore the rich connotation of "coexistence of the end and the beginning" that the boundaries inherently possess.

Participating artists are: Thomas Neumann, who uses diverse media to create artworks that deal with "genius loci"; Katlen Hewel, whose collage-like photographs deftly mingle and merge reality and fictitiousness; Toshiyuki Nanjo, who pursues austere photographic expressions contraposing nature and artificial, light and shadow, etc.; and Sajik Kim, who constructs fantastical scenes that oscillate between the realms of fairytale, myth, and memory.

In this exhibition, Thomas Neumann presents his black-and-white photographs taken in an empty field in Kazakhstan, which reveal a human impulse that cannot but see "landscape" even in limitless spaces. Katlen Hewel uses transparent films and mirrors to show her photo-collaged images so the viewer's perception keeps going back and forth between reality and illusion. Meanwhile, Toshiyuki Nanjo shows his "shelterbelt" series photographed in coastal areas in Japan, where humans and nature are divided and connected at the same time, and Sajik Kim's symbolistic snapshots capture the moments and scenes where different cultures and histories meet and mix with each other.

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This exhibition is an affiliate program of "KG+ 2019," a satellite event of "Kyotographie International Photography Festival."
Artworks

Thomas Neumann
"Landscape Kazakhstan 01" | gelatin silver print | 17.9x25.8cm | 2001

Katlen Hewel
"Hybrida-2" | film, mirror, aluminum frame | 95x95x8cm | 2011

Toshiyuki Nanjo
"shelterbelt" | inkjet print | 2016

Sajik Kim
untitled | inkjet print | 2019
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