Last days to discover of Nobuyoshi Araki in “Araki Amore” presented by Galleria Carla Sozzani
With the emblematic title of “Araki Amore” the Galleria Carla Sozzani presents an exhibition of Nobuyoshi Araki one of the most renowned and perhaps controversial Japanese photographers. A selection of works mostly unpublished and produced in the last two years.
Nobuyoshi Araki is a generous artist, a tireless explorer of human passions and a fine portrait maker. He is always able to deeply relate with his subjects. In this exhibition the classic themes of his photographic research are all read today and processed with the recovery of negatives from the past decades.
Araki belongs to a generation of artists who emerged in the 1960s whilst Japan was experiencing radical economic growth and urbanisation as a result of post-war recovery. The societal transformations and cultural shifts influenced him. He likewise often reflects Japanese heritage, with the women wearing traditional dress and the contemporary fears.
He is never tired of exploring the mystery of the female universe, today as even more than fifteen years ago, when in Tokyo he said to Filippo Maggia: “I’ll tell you something that might even seem extreme and absurd: I do not know anything about the nature of women. Through the lens I try to extract the nature of things and, in the case of women, of what they are like, in their daily lives or in their sexuality. But they are all different from each other, and that’s why I keep on taking pictures.”
The themes of eros and death are a constant in his work: “After reincarnation in my new life, photography will still be the first word that I utter. It’s been a 60-year contract, near enough. – Photography is love and death – that’ll be my epitaph”.
In this exhibition, which is included in the official celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the relations between Japan and Italy, there are three new compositions of more than 100 polaroid, in color and in black & white, that have been selected and put together by Araki as unique works, and a video documentary that presents, for the first time in Italy, Nobuyoshi Araki to work with the dancer Kaori in a naked portrait session, taken last year in July in Tokyo.
“Araki Amore” – Galleria Carla Sozzani
Every day, 10.30 am – 7.30 pm
Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10.30 am – 9.00 pm