Nobuyoshi Araki - Silent Wishes; Sergey Bratkov - Glory days
Nobuyoshi Araki - Silent Wishes
curated by Dr. Margit Zuckriegl, Sabine Schnakenberg
The exhibition of works by Nobuyoshi Araki (b. 1940), »Silent Wishes«, staged in collaboration with Museum der Moderne in Salzburg, includes some 150 black & white photographs. the works exhibited focus on the early photographs by the young, still unknown Araki, which were taken from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s. There are also examples of his later work that address the calm, erotic Tokyo beyond the hectic business facade.
The heart of the exhibition is the intimate series »My Wife Yoko« from the Museum der Moderne collection, describing and revolving around the artist’s young wife on their honeymoon, in their home, and on excursions nearby. These works are complemented by a series of 12 photographs from 1989/1990, with which Araki accompanied his wife during her fatal illness: »Winter Journey« tells the moving story of bidding farewell. More recent photographs show the photographer Araki as he became world famous: as the narrator of erotic scenes and portraits of females.
Araki was born in 1940 in Tokyo, where he still lives and works. Ever since the first meeting with his future wife Yoko Aoki in 1967 she became his favorite model and the motif for his photographic research. The documentation of their honeymoon became one of Araki’s most important photo series, appearing as a publication entitled »Sentimental Journey«. Following his wife’s death in January 1990 the horrifying experience of death flowed more strongly into his works, expressing itself in scenes and motifs, which beneath the surface address the threat posed by death and violence.
Back in 1998 Deichtorhallen showcased a selection of Araki’s works entitled »Tokyo – Markt der Gefühle« (Tokyo – Market of Feelings). The forthcoming exhibition will also underscore the important standing of Japanese artists in photography, several of whom have previously been on display in Deichtorhallen (Japanese Photography, 2002/2003; Kiyoshi Suzuki, 2008/2009).
To accompany the exhibition Museum der Moderne in Salzburg has brought out a book with texts by Margit Zuckriegl and Christian Martin Fuchs. It is published by Verlag publication PN°1 Bibliothek der Provinz. 136 pages, with b/w illustrations, size: 30 cm, bound, in German, Price: EUR 22.-
Dr. Margit Zuckriegl, Director off the Österreichische Fotogalerie, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg;
Dr. Sabine Schnakenberg, collection curator, House of Photography
Sergey Bratkov - Glory days
Curated by Thomas Seelig, Ingo Taubhorn
House of Photography in the Deichtorhallen, in collaboration with the Fotomuseum Winterthur, is devoting a major exhibition to the Russian-Ukrainian artist Sergey Bratkov (b.1960). It includes some 130 works and provides a deep insight into his photographic oeuvre since the early 1990s, which is socially critical and politically motivated, yet with a lyrical edge.
The wild, even lurid, photographs, picture cycles, and videos, verging at times on the limits of the truth and good taste, form the expressive core of his prodigious and extensive output. A direct, at times unsparing portrayal of everyday life and social coexistence since the collapse of the Soviet Union runs through his work like a red thread, occasionally evoking a strident theater of the new reality.
In his Bratkov, who grew up in the Ukrainian industrial city of Kharkov, lays bear in his picture cycles the obsolete ideological cliches of the Soviet era just as much as the newfound muscle-flexing capitalist drive of the east. His documentary portraits of steelworkers (Steelworkers, 2003), homeless children (Glue Sniffers, 2000) and women wanting to start a family (Princess, 1996) cite the hallmarks of nationalistic socialism by ostensibly classifying individuals in stereotypes.
However, what Sergey Bratkov seeks in his »portrayals of heroes « is not the conformity of the group, behind which the individual might be able to hide. Instead, his photographs launch a provocative jibe at post-Soviet society by deliberately flouting aesthetic and moral taboos. By heightening the scenes he observes with irony and subjectivity, Sergey Bratkov invents a new form of Social Realism in his photographs, unmasking critical socialism as fictitious and ideologically defunct.
The exhibition is accompanied by the »Sergey Bratkov – Glory Days/Heldenzeiten« (in English and German) published by Verlag Scheidegger & Spiess, Zurich. With texts by Boris Buden, Bart de Baere, Thomas Seelig, and an interview with Sergey Bratkov by Mikhail Ryklin and Anna Alchuk. 192 pages, 91 color and 41b/w illustrations, format 20.5 x 26.5 cm, hardcover. Price EUR 45.-
Thomas Seelig, curator Fotomuseum Winterthur
Ingo Taubhorn, curator House of Photography
The exhibition »Nobuyoshi Araki- Silent Wishes« will be on display at the same time in House of Photography.
Sergey Bratkov: "Mickey Mouse" from the Series „Juvenile Detention“, 2001. Courtesy Regina Gallery, Moskau
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