Naoya Hatakeyama

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Edited by: Stephan Berg Texts by: Stephan Berg, Naoya Hatakeyama, Charlotte Cotton Foreword: Stephan Berg, Ellen Seifermann, Els Barents German, English April 2002, 136 Pages, 79 Ills. Font: gs: itc newtext 285mm x 253mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-1159-3

Naoya Hatakeyama is one of the most noteworthy contemporary Japanese photo artists. Related predominantly to architecture, his oeuvre has been shaped by almost archaeological rigor and interest. Hatakeyama's work encompasses a range of themes, from series devoted to limestone landscapes and architectures - his Lime Work and Lime Hill (1987-1992), which are reminiscent at times of lunar landscapes or prehistoric scenes - to his Underground series, in which the artist pursues urban tectonics in a vertical photographic progression from the air down into the depths of the city sewer system with its almost theatrical lighting effects. At the same time, his consistently serial works also reveal the presence of a horizontal principle as an expression of the importance of the aspect of time in his art - in highly explosive moments, for example, as in Blasts (1995/96), photos of detonations in quarries, or in the urban tableaux conceived as extended-time studies in 48 or 72 parts in his Unlimited series (1989-1997). One of the first monographs devoted to this artist, this book covers all of his serial work as well as some of his most recent projects. The artist: Naoya Hatakeyama (*1958 in Iwate, Japan). Undergraduate studies at the School of Art & Design, Tsukuba University, Ibaraki, Japan; postgraduate studies at Tsukuba University, Ibaraki Japan. In 1996 Resident Artist under the Djerrasi Resident Artists Program, California, USA. Received the 22nd Kimura Ihei Memorial Award for Photography in 1997. Lives and works in Tokyo Exhibition Schedule: Kunstverein Hannover April 13 - May 19, 2002 • Kunsthalle Nürnberg July 25 - September 15, 2002 · Huis Marseille, Amsterdam November 30, 2002- February 23, 2003

»...photographer Naoya Hatakeyama envisions the architectural transformation of cities as time passes by. Their cyborg ruins express the dialectic between ancient and modern, old and young.«

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