Toshiya Momose, »Stills«
With the exhibition »Stills« Galerie Parrotta shows in Stuttgart and Berlin a first comprehensive range of works of the Japanese photographer Toshiya Momose (*1968) in Germany. Always from the perspective of a visitor, traveller and silent observer Momose takes pictures of metropolises like Havanna, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Shanghai, New York and - newer works - of cultivated landscapes in Germany. Throughout the work are desert- scenes, which evoke impressions of abandonment. Therefore the manifestation of time stays in focus of the artistic idea from Toshiya Momose. In the sense of the »dialectical image« of Walter Benjamin he creates configurations inside the process of history, which single out images of the flow of time, by underlining cognition in an active fixed moment and so refer to not lived reality. To get those glimpses of compressed time, Toshiya Momose waits frequently many hours behind his camera. He catches in one picture the instant of emptiness and abandonment in usually bustling places. Through that his photographs seem to breath a fearful silence - a vacuum even inside highly artificial spaces getting generated, and reflecting about caducity and death.
Toshiya Momose is professor for Photography at Kyushu Sangyo University of Fukuoka/Japan and from 2006 to 2007 he was guest professor at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart. His photographs have been shown widely in Japan and in 2002 he received the Ken Domon Photography Award. About his photographic work have been published a range of books, latest ‚Never Land my Havanna' (2006). His artwork is further included in private and public collections like the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art, the Ken Domon Museum of Photography and the Museum of Kyushu Sangyo University, Fukuoka.
zur Eröffnung der Ausstellung "Stills – Toshiya Momose" möchten wir Sie/Euch herzlich in den Projektraum nach Berlin einladen.
Donnerstag, 03. April 2008, ab 19.00 Uhr
Brunnenstr. 178-179, 10119 Berlin