I deliberately reduced the preparations for this trip to Japan to the essentials, to be able to throw an unbiased view of the country.
With great attention I moved by train, boat, car and by foot between cities and villages as well as on bigger and smaller islands.
AFTER THE MIDST ‘After the midst’ is anything but a report of an arts festival.
Both authors created their own stories, in which they allowed small details, fleeting moments and interactions with and among people, objects and performances.
Photography has become an obsession in Japan where only a few unspoiled spots can be found.
From this, Spierenburg created an artist’s book which shows the richness of textures, artifacts, traditional as well as modern architecture in an idiosyncratic mood.
Layer after layer, it seeks new interpretations, new possibilities, new connections.
Veronika Spierenburg: “The medium of photography in Japan was for me the function of a sketchbook, a drawing eye.
The Kagawa Government Building, which originated from the inspiration of traditional wooden structures and the Aomori Contemporary Art Center, built in the midst of nature, is part of the series.
In the Nagakin Capsule Tower by the metabolist Kisho Kurokawa, an insight into the interior of the building is revealed.” The Maasai tribe is one of the most photographed tribes across Africa, but pictures of them that cross the world are almost always from Western photographers who show a cliché like vision of the traditional jumping Maasai.
What seems aesthetically pleasing to the Western eye has a functional significance for the Japanese.
The buildings of famous architects such as Kenzo Tange, Togo Murano, Tadao Ando and Kisho Kurokawa are presented in the book along with folk architecture.
The project targets a variety of audiences and disciplines including visual arts, music and performance.