It is always a privilege and great joy to see other photographers’ work on display during exhibitions, and Tokyo has plenty, every day. The abundant artwork range in Japan is huge, anything from Kintsugi to futuristic designs and approaches.
On 19th September (2019) I had the privilege to be invited to a corporate event held by automaker Fiat. At the same event they have collaborated and put together the photography exhibition with the main focus on Round Sakura (Sakura photos exhibited in vintage round frames) held by the photographer Marco Ferri with the occasion of Fiat celebrating 120 years of existence. Exhibition took place at Spiral Art Center in downtown Tokyo..
Marco Ferri is an Italian Artist who’s work has had developed over the years, gathering inspiration from different cultures and parts of the world.
He’s been living and working with a photo agency in Milan, followed by a move to Shanghai.
Now he works and create his artwork in Tokyo, the place which has gave him the inspiration to come up with the concept of his Round Sakura Exhibition. To be more exact, Marco has found out about the local Japanese technique to repair broken pottery which holds the name Kintsugi. This is a form of art in which the craftsman is using golden alloy to put back together the pieces of broken pottery and enrich its value.
Following the principle of this form of art, Marco has taken the concept a step further and after taking and printing out his Sakura photographs, he’d rip them apart only to have to “repair” the photos again using golden glue and paint. I hope I didn’t got that wrong- glue part 🙂
Such a brilliant idea, to find a way to bring life in a different form to something that has already been used.
I hope one day I will have my own exhibition using my own photography work inspired from my experience during my living in Japan. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to actually enjoy living here with my family (my wife and our dog Tzitzy) and not be a tourist in vacation.
Marco served me a precious lesson, that always one needs to find the strength to seek a new meaning and a new way of seeing things that surrounds us, even though at first sight everything may look ordinary.
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