Up Close: Erotic Japanese Photography

16 October - 25 October 2015
The Space, 210 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan

Featuring the erotically charged works of Eikoh Hosoe, Daido Moriyama, and Nobuyoshi Araki “Up Close,” an exhibition by Hong Kong Contemporary Art (HOCA) Foundation, presents sexual experience as a metaphor for life in relation to Japanese photography’s shift towards candidness, snapshot compositions and intimate portraits of contemporary existence. Their work uses the medium as a substitute for experience rather than documentation. The explicit eroticism in these photographs is an affirmation of Eros (“life/sex”) and memory in an alienated postwar society, and exemplifies a new outlook on the role of the individual in photography. Hosoe, Moriyama, and Araki are undoubtedly some of the most well-known Japanese photographers of the late twentieth century.  Japan’s photography scene had no fixed ideology or style during this postwar period, rather the photographers searched for a means of individual expression by exploring the role of the photograph itself.  How does the subject matter relate the object to the viewer, and can the object be a substitute for the actual experience? In the end it seems that the artist can best relate to their audience through a universal experience. Sex might be viewed as a vulgar or obscene topic by some, but it is an act that reminds us of our natural state, that brings life, and lets us forget the pressures of contemporary society.


Exhibition Dates: 16 – 25 October 2015

Opening Times: Daily from 11:00 – 20:00

Location: The Space, 210 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong


Daily Documentary Screenings:

October 16 – 20 at 6:30PM: Arakimentari (75 min) Not Suitable for Children under 18

October 21 – 25 at 6:30PM: Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog of Tokyo (84 min)

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