WABIshabi

 

HASSELBLAD JAPAN GALLERY

2015.09.08  〜  2015.10.02

和美写美

 

 

 江戸の町を少し外れた浅草寺の北に、四方を掘りに囲まれて出入りが大門からのみに限られ隔離されていた新吉原(1657年〜)。  天保の改革(1842年)以前の吉原では、流行った歌が江戸の町を賑わし、歌人や絵師などがこぞって そこでのことをを描き伝え、流行りのファッションは歌舞伎などに取り入れられて江戸の庶民へと、当時の吉原は江戸の文化を生み出す中心であったそうです。その中心にいたのが吉原遊女、 光が当たるところには、その分大きな影 もあったことでしょう。しかし、彼女たちの誇りにある『粋』とか『張 り』が江戸の文化に影響をあたえたのは間違いなかったことと思います。

 

 今は伝承や写真、そして浮世絵などからしか覗くことのできなくなって しまった御伽の国。資料などから事実を知れば知るほど光が増していき、い つしか僕の頭の中にも、その御伽の国が存在していました。 その国で光輝いている女性たちを思い作品作りを始めることとなりました。日々変化していく現代版江戸美人画 『和美写美』是非ご覧ください。 

 

 

 

The Yoshiwara Pleasure Quarter was once an isolated world, on the outskirts of Edo, surrounded by a moat on all sides, and only accessible thorough the Daimon gate.

The inhabitants, the Yoshiwara courtesans, soon became the centre of popular culture with their iki and hari geisha-like sensuality and affected the way Edo of life; the Kabuki began to incorporate the dressing style into their acts and the songs sang became fashionable amongst common people. The pleasure land became a source of inspiration for poets and painters who depicted the scene, and through prints also influenced the Western art world.

Yoshida believes that where there is light, there is always a dark side, and acknowledges the suffering and unpleasantness. However, it is fact that the Yoshiwara courtesans influenced Edo culture and history.

By using traditional crafts makers in Hiroshima to create the Kakejiku, that has vast negative space or sora (sky), Yoshida has brought the Edo period to modern day through photography. Similar to Ukiyoe prints that were used as wrapping paper in Europe giving Van Gogh and Manet inspiration, Yoshida printed on cardboard. This is homage to the great masters and a sense of history.

This exhibition is Yoshida’s first solo exhibition and the title, WABIshabi, is a play on the Japanese aesthetics word wabi sabi: by replacing the word sa to sha (form the word shashin meaning photography). The prints are an edition of twelve to represent the twelve signs of the Zodiac and are sealed with a unique stamp.

 

Hair/Make: Mayumi Ono

Stylist: Tomomi Kakudo 

 

©Hiroyuki Yoshida