Women planting rice, Toyama 1955 by Hiroshi
The Japan Foundation, Bangkok, in
collaboration with CMU Art Center of Chiang Mai University and Office of
Contemporary Art and Culture (OCAC) proudly co-organize “Metamorphosis of
Japan After the War,” the photography exhibition of postwar Japan images
from 1945-1964 by 11 talented Japanese artists including Ihee Kimura,
Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Ken Domon, Eikoh Hosoe, Hiroshi Hamaya, Kikuji Kawada,
Shomei Tomatsu, Takeyoshi Tanuma, Shigeichi Nagano, Ikko Narahara and
Tadahiko Hayashi and curated by Tsuguo Tada and Marc Feustel. The exhibition
will be organized at two venues in two provinces: CMU Art Center, Chiang Mai
University in Chiang Mai from Friday 8th July to Sunday 28th August 2016.
The exhibition features 123 photographs divided into three sections: the
Aftermath of War, Between Tradition and Modernity, and Towards a New Japan.
Despite being a defeated and devastated country after WWII in 1945, Japan
underwent drastic transformations in terms of society, economy and culture
after only two decades. This “postwar” era was characterized by various
significant changes which occurred from the end of the war in 1945 to the
year of the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. Reviving the country from scratch, Japan
became a rising economic power as witnessed from the birth of “Shinkansen”
bullets trains and the economic boom which had remarkably raised standards
of livings in numerous homes.
This photography exhibition reveals the records of social transformation
through the artistic perspectives of the 11 photographers who were each
active in this period of dramatic upheaval. They include Ken Domon, the
famous Japanese photographer of the 20th century for this photo realism,
Ihee Kimura, whose approach to realism was unique, Hiroshi Hamaya, famed for
photographing environments and ways of life of agricultural villagers,
Tadahiko Hayashi, who created splendid portraits, Shigeichi Nagano, Ikko
Narahara, Kikuji Kawada, Shomei Tomatsu, and Yasuhiro Ishimoto, representing
a younger generation of photographers, and Eikoh Hosoe and Takeyoshi Tanuma,
who possessed the creativity of photography. Although they have different
photographic approaches, they are united in reflecting and searching for an
understanding of the complexity of modern Japanese identity.
AsSpecial seminar on “Japan in Retrospection” by Professor Attachak
Sattayanurak, Department of Humanities, Chiang Mai University will be held
Friday, July 8 at 5 p.m. and the opening ceremony will be at the 2nd floor
of the Chiang Mai University Art Center on Nimmanhaemin Road on Friday, July
8 at 6 p.m.