16 February 2016 - 15 May 2016
Le forum, Hermès
5-4-1 Ginza - Chuo-ku - Tokyo Japan
The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès continues its partnership with photographer Charles Fréger, as the producer of his latest photographic series, Yokainoshima. Dozens of masked creatures endowed with symbolic attributes make up an endlessly inventive bestiary drawn from Japanese folk culture for this show at Le Forum, Tokyo.
In Japan, strange creatures come down from the mountain at New Year, to deliver a message to the people below, and frighten their children: these are the Toshigami, also known as Namahage in Akita province, or Suneka in Iwate. Part of a thriving, perennial folklore tradition, the spirit beings appear in different guises from one region to another. French photographer Charles Fréger went to meet these proteiform creatures face to face, as the central focus of his series Yokainoshima.
The exhibition title is a neologism meaning ‘island of monsters’. The show features a host of photographs, in a variety of formats. This fascinating mosaic of portraits testifies to the extensive research carried out by Fréger over two years, with the help of the exhibition’s curator, Reiko Setsuda. Working with a Japanese assistant, Fréger journeyed the length of Japan, from north to south, photographing yokai, oni or Toshigami figures and others associated with rituals intended to ensure a fertile harvest, and to chase away evil spirits.
As a counterpoint to Fréger’s Wilder Mann series, devoted to ‘wild’ figures from European folk culture, Yokainoshima presents the subjects in staged poses and settings evoking the rugged landscapes of Japan. The setting for the yokai, by young architect Jumpei Matsushima, emphasises their colourful costumes still further.
22 February 2016
Opening at Fondation d’entreprise Hermès,
Le Forum, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
A real good moment at the YOKAINOSHIMA show, curated by Reiko Setsuda with the help of the architect Jumpey Matsushima (JP, architect).
The show divided in two big rooms received a special scenography experimenting another way of showing this series.
It’s physical and pretty intuitive. A set of the WILDER MANN series is meeting for the first time the TOSHIGAMI of the YOKAINOSHIMA series…
The YOKAINOSHIMA BOOK will come out in two months with Thames & Hudson, in England and USA, SEIGENSHA in Japan, Actes Sud in France and Peliti in Italy.
ANd the series will be exhibited at the Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles this summer! SO you’ll have more chance to discover this new series.
Until this, if you’re in Tokyo, you can discover the work at LE FORUM, GINZA, FONDATION HERMES in Tokyo from the 19th of february to the 15th of May.
I’ll send more views of the show very soon…
Mon-Sat 11:00-20:00 (Last entry 19:30), Sun 11:00-19:00 (Last entry 18:30)
31 December 2015
Kasedori, Kaminoyama, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan…
YOKAINOSHIMA! The book will come out with Thames & Hudson (England), Seigensha, Japan and Actes Sud, France in May.
A first show of the series, curated by Reiko Setsuda will take place at Le Forum, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès in Tokyo, Ginza, in February.
Wishing you a GREAT 2016.
Stay wild and peaceful.