Exhibitions

YOKAINOSHIMA, Esprits du Japon

YOKAINOSHIMA, Esprits du Japon

07 July 2018 – 30 August 2019

Musée des Confluences

86 Quai Perrache – 69002 Lyon
France

Exposition temporaire, à partir du 7 juillet 2018

Au Japon, divinités et êtres surnaturels sont omniprésents. Tout au long de l’année, lors des rites masqués, le port de costumes permet de les invoquer pour demander protection, richesse et bonheur. L’exposition trace un lien entre les photographies contemporaines de Charles Fréger, qui donnent à voir un grand nombre de figures masquées rituelles, et les collections japonaises du musée.

Laissez-vous guider dans cette île aux esprits, depuis les fondements des spiritualités japonaises jusqu’aux pratiques actuelles comme le manga, le cosplay ou le jeu vidéo.

Cette exposition s’inscrit dans le cadre des commémorations franco-japonaises et du programme associé « Japonismes 2018 ».
En partenariat avec Les inrockuptibles, Museum TV, Paris Match et Spot.

WILDER MANN at PHOTOfolies, RODEZ

06 October 2018 - 27 October 2018

Galerie Saint Catherine

5 place Sainte-Catherine 12000 Rodez
France

Exposition ouverte du mardi au samedi de 13h30 à 18h
Entrée libre

Visite commentée donnée par Charles Fréger aura lieu le vendredi 12 octobre à 18h30, à la galerie.
Galerie Saint Catherine
5 place Sainte-Catherine – 12000 Rodez

05 65 46 05 29
contact@aveyron-culture.com

www.aveyron-culture.com/saintecatherine

YOKAINOSHIMA at Photo Phnom Penh, Cambodia

05 October 2018 - 05 November 2018

Ambassade de France

1 Preah Monivong Blvd Preah Monivong Blvd (93), Phnom Penh 12201 12201 Phnom Penh
Cambodia

ទីក្រុង Yokainoshima ២០១៣ ដល់ ២០១៥

After completing the European Tour of Winter Masquerades (Wilder Mann) in 2013, Charles Fréger began exploring the ritual masked figures of Japan. He knew the country for photographing its sumo wrestlers (Rikishi, 2002-2003), and discovered, for this project, its rural areas. He traveled in the islands as well as inland and made an inventory of the masked figures, revealing the empathic relationship of the Japanese with their environment and their extreme awareness of nature’s vitality. In this series, the photographer continues his work at the crossroads of documentary, concept and ethnology.

Born in 1975 in Bourges, he studied at the High School of Art and Design of Le Havre-Rouen where he graduated. There, he began photographing in series and discovered his interest for uniforms by snapping portraits of sailors on call: “I was already working on seriality. In the uniform, there was something conceptual, cold, that I liked.” Charles Fréger published numerous books on his various series and his work has been showcased in numerous galleries and museums.

http://www.charlesfreger.com/

បន្ទាប់ពីបានបញ្ចប់ដំណើរកំសាន្ដនៅអឺរ៉ុបក្នុងរដូវរងាឆ្នាំ២០១៣កន្លងមក អ្នកថតរូបម្នាក់នេះបានចាប់ផ្ដើមរុករកនូវរបំាប្រពៃណីពាក់របំាងមុខរបស់ជប៉ុន។ គាត់បានស្គាល់ប្រទេសនេះ ដោយការថតរូបកីឡាចំបាប់ស៊ូម៉ូ (Rikishi, ឆ្នាំ២០០២-២០០៣) ហើយបានសែ្វងគម្រោងមួយនេះ នៅតាមតំបន់ជនបទ។ គាត់បានធ្វើដំណើរទៅតំបន់កោះ ក៏ដូចជាតំបន់ដែលដាច់ឆ្ងាយពីសមុទ្រ និងកន្លែងដែលប្រមូលផ្ដុំដោយក្រុមរបាំពាក់មុខ ដែលកន្លែងទាំងនេះបានបង្ហាញពីទំនាក់ទំនងរបស់ជនជាតិជប៉ុនជាមួយនឹងបរិស្ថានធម្មជាតិ ព្រមទាំងការយល់ដឹងអំពីសារសំខាន់នៃធម្មជាតិ។ នៅក្នុងស៊េរីរូបថតនេះ អ្នកថតរូបបានបន្ដការងាររបស់គាត់ដោយការដាក់បញ្ចូលគ្នារវាងឯកសារ គំនិត និងជាតិពន្ធុ។
លោកឆាល ហ្វ្រេជើ កើតនៅឆ្នាំ១៩៧៥ នៅទីក្រុងBourges គាត់ជាអតីតសិស្សដែលបានបញ្ចប់ការសិក្សា នៅវិទ្យាល័យសិល្បៈ និងរចនានៅ Le Havre-Rouen ។ កន្លែងនោះហើយដែលគាត់បានចាប់ផ្ដើមថតរូប បែបស៊េរី ហើយបានរកឃើញចំណាប់អារម្មណ៍របស់គាត់ លើការថតរូបស្លៀកពាក់ជាឯកសណ្ឋានតាមរយៈទម្រង់រូបភាពបញ្ឈររបស់នាវិកម្នាក់ ហើយលោកបាននិយាយថា «ខ្ញុំបានត្រៀមខ្លួនរួចរាល់ហើយសម្រាប់ថតរូបស៊េរី។ នៅក្នុងឯកសណ្ឋាននេះ វាបានបង្កប់នូវគំនិតផ្សេងៗ ឡូយ ដែលធ្វើឲ្យខ្ញុំចូលចិត្ដ»។
លោកឆាល បានបោះពុម្ពសៀវភៅរូបថតស៊េរីរបស់លោកពីមុនជាច្រើនក្បាល និងបានតាំងពិព័រណ៍នៅតាមវិចិត្រសាល និងសារមន្ទីរផ្សេងៗជាច្រើន។

SCHOOL CHALO at FESTIVAL IMAGES VEVEY

08 September 2018 - 30 September 2018

Image vevey

Rue Louis-Meyer 4 Vevey
Switzerland

The School Chalo project is based around a dozen schools in New Delhi. For this series, Charles Fréger has produced group portraits with an original outlook on the surprising means of transport the children used every day to go to school. As usual, the photographer asks his subjects to pose and pays particular attention to their posture as well as the background. The schoolchildren parade in front of his lens, aboard a rickshaw, a motorbike or a simple bicycle. Displayed in a primary school playground, the pictures of these Indian schoolchildren show the youngest visitors some extraordinary ways of getting to school.

https://www.images.ch/fr/festival/programmation/artistes/charles-freger/

Musée de la Castre Cannes, YOKAINOSHIMA.

24 June 2018 - 10 October 2018

Musée de la Castre

Le Suquet 06400 Cannes
France

Chefs-d’œuvre de l’Institut Lussato-Fédier & Yokainoshima, figures masquées du Japon.
Photographies de Charles Fréger

Conçue en partenariat avec l’Institut Lussato-Fédier (Bruxelles), l’exposition met en valeur la virtuosité des maîtres artisans du Japon, à travers quarante chefs d’œuvre datant du XVe siècle à nos jours, inspirés par la culture lettrée, les croyances et les traditions populaires.
Un second volet révèle l’univers coloré et magique des fêtes rurales japonaises, grâce au regard insolite du photographe Charles Fréger.

Exposition à l’occasion de la manifestation « Japonismes 2018 », qui célèbre le 160e anniversaire des relations diplomatiques entre la France et le Japon.

MUSEE DES MARAIS SALANTS, BATZ-SUR-MER

17 June 2018 - 30 September 2018

Musée des Marais salants

Place Adèle Pichon 44740 Batz-sur-Mer
France

Le Musée des marais salants vous convie à voir ou revoir Bretonnes, exposition photographique de l’artiste Charles Fréger, fruit d’une résidence au Centre d’art GwinZegal de Guingamp. Cette présentation de 43 portraits accorde une place de choix à la série guérandaise des métayères et paludières.

Exclusivement féminine, Bretonnes se découvre comme un inventaire poétique, une enquête sensible conduite auprès de tous les cercles celtiques de Bretagne. L’artiste explore avec délicatesse et élégance l’univers du costume traditionnel breton à travers le prisme d’un des éléments iconographique et identitaire les plus forts : la coiffe.

Loin de constituer une évocation nostalgique de traditions pluriséculaires, la photographie de Charles Fréger témoigne d’une culture régionale contemporaine et vivante. Mieux, plaçant la femme bretonne en figure de proue de ses images, l’artiste suggère la fierté qu’elle a de son histoire pour se tourner résolument vers l’avenir.

YOKAINOSHIMA at L’ARTHOTEQUE DE CAEN

06 April 2018 - 09 June 2018

Arthoteque de Caen

Palais Ducal, Impasse Duc Rollon 14000 Caen
France

Attentive au travail du photographe Charles Fréger depuis le début des années 2000, l’Artothèque l’a exposé en deux occasions et acquis plusieurs de ses photographies qui ne cessent de circuler, touchant un large public.
Ce printemps, c’est avec son dernier opus, Yokainoshima, qu’il revient à l’Artothèque. Après avoir œuvré pendant plus de quinze ans selon un protocole photographique précis impliquant cadrages centrés et souvent frontaux, voici qu’il se dirige, depuis sa série Wilder Mann et ses mascarades hivernales européennes, vers une manière plus théâtrale. Avec Yokainoshima il poursuit, cette fois sur l’archipel nippon, l’exploration de traditions masquées, déployant silhouette après silhouette une vertigineuse suite de formes, de couleurs et de matières. Au travers de ces mises en scène minutieusement élaborées, un Japon rural, méconnu, se révèle. Le corpus de photographies constitué par son auteur au cours des trois années de sa campagne photographique met au jour un territoire fantasmagorique : Yokainoshima, l’île aux monstres.

WILDER MANN in “INNER OUTFIT”

16 February 2018 - 07 March 2018

Hellenic American Union, − John F. Kennedy Gallery

22, Massalias Str 10680 Athens
Greece

Α product of collaboration between three curators, Louisa Karapidaki, Cleopatra Fatourou and Elisabeth Romberg, the visual arts exhibition entitled “INNER OUTFITS”, features works by artists from Greece, Norway, Sweden and France.

Every day we are all called upon to fight several different battles, both against society and against ourselves. The curators of the exhibition asked participating artists to reflect on what it is that affects each one of them the most, as well as how they believe they can cope with it, armoring themselves against the erosion and pain that it may be causing them. Thus, the artists created their own personal “armors,” their own defensive techniques, which they are presenting to the public as a reference to the attacks we all sustain on a daily basis by the violence that surrounds us but also to the inner war each one of us experiences when confronted with his or her personal fears and shortcomings.

As part of the exhibition, organized by the Hellenic American Union and Hellenic American College (HAEC) in cooperation with Hellenic American University (Nashua, NH, USA), performances by Kleoni Manoussaki and Christina Foitou will also be presented.

www.hau.gr culture@hau.gr
+30 210 3680052

WILDER MANN AT MUSEE DR GUISLAIN, GENT

11 November 2017 - 27 May 2018

Musee Dr Guislain

Jozef Guislainstraat 43 9000 Gent
Belgium

errorist attacks, nuclear threats, blinding political tensions: fear rules the world, but also our lives. What is our money still worth? How will climate change determine our future? Fear is an instinctive emotion and largely determines our actions. In response, we are seeking control as something to hold on to: lack of control makes us feel powerless. On the other hand, too much control makes us feel uneasy and suspicious. Do we want to be spied on by security cameras? Is our data safe on the internet? Fear has a strong impact on everyone: it spreads like wildfire. How do psychiatrists and psychologists deal with this fear that is omnipresent? They seek methods of treatment, from therapeutic talks to deep brain stimulation. Or are we in fact attracted by fear – when it is packaged as entertainment – and does it protect us against impending doom – as a survival mechanism?

The exhibition Anxiety wants to show the many faces of this emotion, since fear is something of all times and cultures but has always been experienced, cultivated and combatted in a different way. From ‘God-fearing’ to fear of one’s fellow man, from highly personal phobia to mass hysteria.

PATTES BLANCHES in PAYSAGES FRANCAIS (BNF)

24 October 2017 - 04 February 2018

Bibliothèque nationale de France (BNF), site François Mitterand

Quai François Mauriac 75706 Paris
France

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WILDER MANN in NANTES

15 September 2017 - 01 October 2017

Château des ducs de Bretagne

Place Marc Elder 44000 Nantes
France

Good time to meet each other the 15th and 16th… Signature of the book the 16th of September at La librairie Vent d’Ouest.

Power mask

01 September 2017 - 18 March 2018

Wereld Museum

Willemskade 25 3016 DM Rotterdam
Netherlands

On 1 September 2017 the exhibition POWERMASK, curated by Walter van Beirendonck, opens at the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam. The Wereldmuseum is giving the Antwerp fashion designer a free hand this autumn to present his own unique, multi-faceted vision of the phenomenon of masks.

Cheerful and idiosyncratic
Van Beirendonck selected over 125 masks from the Wereldmuseum’s large collection, to which he added masked costumes and fashion silhouettes. The main components of the diverse galleries are exhibits of photography and fine art. The design is colourful, cheerful and idiosyncratic – like Van Beirendonck’s fashions. The walls are taken up by installations by the contemporary artists Brian Kenny (b. 1982), Coco Fronsac (b. 1962), and Charles Fréger (b. 1975), which are combined with a variety of masks from Africa, Oceania, Europe, and America. In addition, historical and present-day film material gives a lively picture of the ways in which masks were originally worn by men and women and of their role in rituals.
Publication
The exhibition is accompanied by the richly-illustrated book POWERMASK: The Power of Masks’, Dutch edition ISBN 9789401443180 and English edition ISBN 9798401442954; Lannoo Publishers (on sale for €39.99 at the museum shop) .

photo: Aad Hoogendoorn

SCHOOL CHALO at VOYAGE ORDINAIRE

26 July 2017 - 06 October 2017

Galerie des Franciscains

25, rue du Croisic 44600 Saint-Nazaire
France

Chaque jour, partout dans le monde, des voyageurs ordinaires se déplacent à pied, à vélo, à moto, en auto, en métro, en rickshaw… Ils ont inspiré quatre photographes et un écrivain qui interrogent la notion de « voyage ordinaire ». Charles Fréger poursuit son inventaire des groupes sociaux et religieux en photographiant les rickshaws scolaires de New Delhi. Ambroise Tézenas trace la route entre Bangalore et Bombay dont il fait émerger l’ordinaire beauté. Denis Dailleux révèle la banlieue chaotique du Caire avec sa série de « portraits au tuktuk ». Jérôme Blin dessine un Saint-Nazaire nocturne et mystérieux entre docks et lotissements. Quant à Christian Garcin, il nous transporte dans les rues de Jaipur où il fait d’étranges rencontres… Bienvenue dans leur voyage ordinaire !

BRETONNES, Festival des Hautes Terres

19 June 2017 - 03 September 2017

Maison des Associations

Place René Amarger 15100 Saint-Flour
France

Avec cet inventaire unique et poétique, Charles Fréger nous invite à plonger à corps perdu dans la dentelle des coiffes traditionnelles bretonnes. Il orchestre ces images, portraits et scènes de genre
comme des cartes postales d’entre-deux guerres ou des peintures réalistes du XIXe s.

Les modèles coiffés de coton amidonné et de dentelles, tirés à quatre épingles, posent sur le flan d’une église de campagne ou sur un plateau venteux de bord de mer, parfois dans une brume cotonneuse, nous livrant ainsi une réflexion sur l’héritage culturel
et l’appartenance à une communauté, un territoire… Un beau voyage contre vents et marées à découvrir tout l’été.

Tous les jours de 10h à 12h30 et de 14h30 à 19h sauf le lundi.

Naarden foto festival

20 May 2017 - 18 June 2017

de Grote Kerk

Marktstraat 13 1411 CX Naarden
Netherlands

Duivels, beermensen, sjamanen met geweien: in veel Europese landen komen monsters en hybride kruisingen van mensen en dieren voor. Ze stammen vaak uit oude heidense rituelen die verbonden zijn aan dood en geboorte, de oogst en de seizoenen. De Franse fotograaf Charles Fréger legt ze al geruime tijd vast: een grote selectie van zijn ‘wilde mannen’ is dit jaar in Naarden te zien.

Charles Fréger (1975) reisde door achttien Europese landen op zoek naar oude heidense rituelen waarvoor de uitvoerders zich verkleden als beer of geit, als stroman of touwvogel, als bladerwezens of harlekijn. Zijn werk houdt het midden tussen een antropologische studie en een theaterenscenering. Soms is de acteur door zijn kostuum geheel aan het zicht onttrokken, soms lijkt hij even te pauzeren met een sigaretje. Maar de wilde mannen blijven onderdeel van een ritueel, en dat vergt een serieuze en zorgvuldige uitvoering.

Biennale Socle du Monde

21 April 2017 - 27 August 2017

Carl-Henning Pedersen og Else Alfelts Museum

Birk Centerpark 8 7400 Henning
Denmark

Wilder Mann is now exhibited at the Carl-Henning Pedersen og Else Alfelts Museum in the Chapter “The eye in the Mask”.

The exhibition The Eye in the Mask juxtaposes a range of ethnographic masks with works of art by the two Danish CoBrA artists Carl-Henning Pedersen and Asger Jorn, African CoBrA artist Ernest Mancoba and several international contemporary artists: Romuald Hazoumé (Benin), Shen Yuan (China), Charles Fréger (France) and Antony Gormley (Great Britain). The Eye in the Mask spans 2000 m2, taking up the entire museum and spilling out into its environs.

The main focus of the exhibition falls on masks and identity. This encompasses physical masks, as shown by means of ethnographic objects used for rituals and dances, making the function of masks very tangible: putting a mask on allows you to become someone else. But it also concerns the use of various mask motifs in art – many artists of the past and present have been inspired by the identity-changing potential of the mask: covering your face allows you to escape the human condition, replace your physical vessel with another, clothing yourself in the guise of a divine or animal being. The mask confers strength, power and abilities far beyond those of ordinary mortals. Hence, the mask is a tool that lets you change your identity.

WILDER MANN at ARCADE

11 March 2017 - 30 April 2017

ARCADE

4 rue des Grangeots 21350 Sainte-Colombe-en-Auxois
France

Yokainoshima

09 March 2017 - 27 May 2017

Le parvis

Parvis - Espace Culturel Avenue Louis Sallenave C.C. Leclerc Tempo Pau
France

En 2013, son tour d’Europe des mascarades hivernales (Wilder Mann) tout juste achevé, Charles Fréger entreprend une campagne photographique explorant les figures masquées rituelles du Japon.

S’il connaissait déjà le pays pour avoir notamment photographié ses lutteurs de sumo (Rikishi, 2002-2003), il ignorait tout de son monde rural. C’est là le sujet de Yokainoshima : par l’inventaire de ces figures masquées, peindre le visage des campagnes japonaises, des traditions qui rythment la vie des habitants et de la terre qu’ils foulent et travaillent.
Au cours de ses cinq voyages, le photographe parcourt de nombreuses régions, tant dans les terres que dans les îles, et fait l’expérience du relief si particulier du Japon, de son étendue et des phénomènes naturels qui le secouent à échéance régulière. Cette exploration extensive de l’archipel lui permet d’appréhender de manière sensible la raison de cette relation empathique des Japonais à leur environnement et leur extrême conscience de la vitalité de la nature.
Yokai, oni, tengu et kappa, que l’on pourrait définir comme spectres, monstres, ogres et farfadets, sont autant d’incarnations de ces figures rituelles imaginées par l’homme et incarnées lors de festivals et cérémonies pour tenter d’apprivoiser les éléments et de donner sens aux évènements naturels.
Cette série photographique présente au regard et à la connaissance une variété de formes existantes sur le territoire japonais, remplissant là sans conteste un objectif documentaire. Pourtant, Charles Fréger ne recherche pas plus le réalisme des situations qu’il ne vise à l’exhaustivité. Le portrait réalisé de son sujet est évidemment partiel et partial. Hérons, cerfs, ogres, démons et autres figures d’un bestiaire nippon sont présentes hors des festivités, évoluant dans les rizières, les champs ou les flots.

La Suite basque/ Gernika

04 March 2017 - 22 May 2017

musée unterlinden

1 Rue des Unterlinden 68000 Colmar
France

L’exposition Charles Fréger Gernika / La Suite Basque sera présentée dans l’espace de la Piscine du 4 mars au 22 mai.
« Gernika est une ville, la capitale symbolique des Basques. Guernica est un tableau, la grande fresque de Picasso. Le 26 avril 1937, la légion Condor envoyée par Hitler en soutien à Franco bombarde la ville. Picasso peint sa toile sous le choc, en réponse à une commande du gouvernement espagnol républicain. » (Marie Darieussecq)
Le point de départ de ce projet est une invitation par la structure d’art contemporain COOP du photographe Charles Fréger en résidence de création au Pays Basque, en 2015. Il a ainsi exploré le patrimoine immatériel basque pendant un an. Avec les membres du groupe de commémoration Gernika-Lumo, qui rejouent année après année l’événement, le photographe a ainsi reconstruit une frise de neuf scènes évoquant les figures du tableau de Picasso. L’exposition est née de cette recherche.
Le Musée Unterlinden qui expose l’un des trois exemplaires de la tapisserie Guernica, dont le carton a été réalisé en 1955 par Jacqueline La Baume Dürrbach à la demande de Picasso, accueille ainsi pour l’anniversaire du bombardement de Guernica cet ensemble de photographies de Charles Fréger.

L’épopée de Jeanne d’Arc

19 January 2017 - 19 February 2017

Musée des beaux-arts de Rouen

esplanade marcel duchamp 76000 ROUEN
France

La suite basque

17 November 2016 - 05 February 2017

Musée basque

37 Quai des Corsaires Bayonne
France

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Carnaval Wereldwijd

12 November 2016 - 26 March 2017

afrika museum

Postweg 6 6571 Berg en Dal
Netherlands

https://afrikamuseum.nl/nl/tentoonstelling/Carnaval

WILDER MANN and MARDI GRAS INDIANS at the Afrika museum of Berg en Dal, Netherlands, in a larger show about Carnival.

YOKAINOSHIMA

15 September 2016 - 25 October 2016

Espace Malraux, Scene Nationale

Place du Manège 73000 Chambery
France

YOKAINOSHIMA at Les Rencontres photographiques d’Arles

04 July 2016 - 28 August 2016

Les trinitaires

rue de la république Arles
France

FABULA at the Photographic center of Clermont-Ferrand

22 June 2016 - 24 September 2016

Hotel Fontfreyde

34 rue des gras 63000 Clermont-Ferrand
France

L’OEIL DE L’EXPERT at MUSEE NIEPCE

18 June 2016 - 18 September 2016

Musée Niepce

28 Quai des Messageries 71100 Chalon-sur-Saône
France

Seuls/ensembles

23 April 2016 - 25 September 2016

Arthoteque de Caen

Palais Ducal, Impasse Duc Rollon 14000 Caen
France

SEULS / ENSEMBLE
Le portrait à l’œuvre dans l’art contemporain

Collective exhibition

Dans le cadre du Festival Normandie Impressionniste 2016

BRETONNES at Musée des beaux-arts et de la dentelle, Alençon, FRANCE

08 March 2016 - 22 May 2016

Musée des beaux-arts et de la dentelle d’Alençon

Cour Carrée de la Dentelle 61000 Alençon
France

With Different Eyes – SK STIFTUNG, Cologne, Germany

26 February 2016 - 29 May 2016

Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur

Im Mediapark 7 50670 Köln Tel.: 0221-88895300 photographie@sk-kultur.de 50670 Köln
Germany

(…) Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur in Cologne focuses on serial portraits that follow an artistic-documentary approach. The institution with its August Sander Archive and its central position in the field of documentary photography thus follows up on its programmatic orientation. On the one hand, the exhibition includes portraits from the institution’s own collection on the basis of the premise “A Look at the Collection” on the other hand they invited nine photographers from four continents to contribute extracts from their work. Both parts of the exhibition present an exciting approach to the genre of the portrait. Merely typological pictures alternate with narrative portraits, the static picture with the moving picture. It constantly becomes apparent how August Sander has had an international impact both methodically and in regard to content and how he has influenced portrait photography as a source of inspiration.

YOKAINOSHIMA at LE FORUM, HERMES, TOKYO

16 February 2016 - 15 May 2016

Le forum, Hermès

5-4-1 Ginza - Chuo-ku Tokyo
Japan

Charles Fréger

Yokainoshima
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.

Bretonnes at MEM Gallery, Tokyo

10 February 2016 - 13 March 2016

MEM inc

NADiff A/P/A/R/T 2F, 1-18-4 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku 150-0013 Tokyo
Japan

Including a conference with Chihiro Minato at MEM gallery, the 20th of February.

Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie

16 January 2016 - 20 February 2016

Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie

24 rue sainte croix de la bretonnerie 75004 Paris
France

MASK!

23 December 2015

Belfast exposed

The Exchange Place 23 Donegall Street BT1 2FF Belfast
United Kingdom

WILDER MANN at Photoluxfestival, LUCCA, Italia

21 November 2015 - 13 December 2015

photolux , Chiesa dei Servi

Piazza de' Servi Lucca
Italy

Mardi gras indians at Lianzhou Foto Festival

21 November 2015 - 10 December 2015

Lianzhou Foto Festival

Lianzhou Lianzhou
China

Curated by François Cheval (Musée Nicephore Niepce, Chalon-sur-Saône, France)

Chapelle des calvairiennes, La Chapelle Fifteen

14 November 2015 - 13 December 2015

Chapelle des calvairiennes

Place Juhel 53100 Mayenne
France

WILDER MANN in BAKEMONO exhibition

01 August 2015 - 13 September 2015

Aomori museum of art

185 Chikano, Yasuta, Aomori. Shin-Aomori Stn. Aomori
Japan

30 images of the WILDER MANN series in the BAKEMONO exhibition.
www.aomori-museum.jp/en
“Bakemono” is a Japanese term to describe imaginary monsters, which in Japan have a long history in religion and culture. Traditional festivals, for example, feature creatures such as namahage demons, as well as rituals, including shishi-mai lion dancing, and the love of monsters continues today with entertainment such as “Yokai Watch,” a TV series of ghouls and goblins that is becoming increasingly popular with kids.
This exhibition explores not just Japan’s bakemono, but also those in other countries. Illustrations, sculptures, masks and more offer some insight into bizarre creatures across the world. Highlights include a number of original copies of bakemono ukiyo-e prints by Kyosai Kawanabe and Yoshifuji Utagawa, who created the images with a juvenile audience in mind.

Catalogue Available, SEIGENSHA publisher. in Japanese. Excellent!!!

WILDER MANN

12 June 2015 - 01 November 2015

Pôle International de la Préhistoire

30, rue du Moulin 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac
France

BRETONNES, FOUR EXHIBITIONS (SAINT BRIEUC)

06 June 2015 - 27 September 2015

Musée d’Art et d’histoire

rue des lycéens martyrs 22000 Saint Brieuc
France

BRETONNES, FOUR EXHIBITIONS (GUINGAMP)

06 June 2015 - 27 September 2015

Centre photographique Gwinzegal

3 rue Auguste Pavie 22200 Guingamp
France

Guingamp : Centre d’Art Gwinzegal. « Bretonnes et autres séries » : 35 portraits grand format issus de « Bretonnes », accompagnés d’extraits de séries précédentes réalisées par Charles Fréger. De samedi 6 Juin au 27 septembre. Gratuit.

www.gwinzegal.com

BRETONNES, FOUR EXHIBITIONS (RENNES)

03 June 2015 - 31 October 2015

musee “Les champs libres”

10 Cours des Alliés 35000 Rennes
France

4 simultaneous shows in 4 museums and art centers around the Bretonnes series.

Rennes : Musée de Bretagne-Les Champs Libres. « Bretonnes, photographies de Charles Fréger ». 70 oeuvres de différents formats sont visibles dans une exposition montrant aussi des coiffes issues des collections du musée. La scénographie intègre des documents audiovisuels. De samedi au 30 août. +7 ans : 3/5 €.

L’esprit des Bêtes

29 May 2015 - 01 November 2015

Musée de l’image d’Epinal

42 Quai de Dogneville 88000 Epinal
France

Florafona society, Gallery Factory, Seoul

07 May 2015 - 21 June 2015

Gallery Factory

Jahamun-ro 10-gil, 15 Jongno-gu 110-034 Seoul
South Korea

« Chercher le garçon »

07 March 2015 - 30 August 2015

Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne

Place de la Libération 94400 Vitry-sur-Seine
France

Curated by Franck Lamy

Galleria del Cembalo di Roma

05 February 2015 - 28 March 2015

Galleria del Cembalo

Palazzo Borghese Largo della Fontanella di Borghese, 19 00186 Roma
Italy

http://www.galleriadelcembalo.it/ita/

ZONA MACO. MÉXICO ARTE CONTEMPO RÁNEO Art fair

04 February 2015 - 08 February 2015

ZONA MACO. MÉXICO ARTE CONTEMPO RÁNEO Art fair

CENTRO BANAMEX / HALL D. Mexico
Mexico

Paris photo fair, Galerie Kicken Berlin (C23)

12 November 2014 - 16 November 2014

Paris photo fair

Grand Palais Paris
France

Wilder Mann

17 October 2014 - 17 December 2014

Le Kiosque

7 place Juhel 53104 Mayenne
France

www.kiosque-mayenne.org

Wilder Mann

02 October 2014 - 20 December 2014

Espace Malraux, Scene Nationale

Place du Manège 73000 Chambery
France

www.espacemalraux-chambery.fr

Les Français photographient la Chine

15 August 2014 - 07 September 2014

Yachang Art Gallery

Caitian Rd, Futian Shenzhen
China

Wilder Mann

18 July 2014 - 12 September 2014

Musée basque

37 Quai des Corsaires Bayonne
France

Second Life*

14 June 2014 - 31 August 2014

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

715 West Main Street 40202 Louisville
United States

Collective exhibition. Wilder Mann series.

www.kmacmuseum.org

 

In/human

11 June 2014 - 02 November 2014

MUSEO DE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO DE MONTERREY

Zuazua y Jardón S/N, Centro. Monterrey
Mexico

CONTREPLONGÉE, Festival Arts et Sports -Aquatique & Aérien

07 June 2014 - 24 August 2014

Le Colysée

avenue du Colysée 59130 Lambersart
France

Water-polo series

Group and surface

02 May 2014 - 29 August 2014

Kicken Berlin

Linienstraße 161a 10115 Berlin
Germany

Performing the Other

01 May 2014 - 01 June 2014

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

952 Queen St W ON M6J 1G8 Toronto
Canada

“Performing the other”

01 May 2014 - 01 June 2014

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

952 Queen M6J 1G8 toronto
Canada

Wilder Mann

03 April 2014 - 30 April 2014

La Chaufferie

5 rue de la Manufacture des Tabacs 67000 Strasbourg
France

Les français photographient la Chine

02 April 2014 - 28 April 2014

Today Museum, Beijing

Chaoyang, Baiziwan Rd, Chaoyang, Baiziwan Rd, 32号苹果社区4号楼 Beijing
China

Wilder Mann & Compagnie

23 November 2013 - 31 January 2014

Abbatiale Saint-Ouen

Place du Général de Gaulle 76000
France

www.poleimagehn.com

FIAC – Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie

24 October 2013 - 27 October 2013

Grand Palais

Avenue Winston Churchill 75008 Paris
France

Toulon Museum of Art

27 September 2013 - 17 November 2013

Toulon Museum of Art

113 Bd Mal-Leclerc 83000 Toulon
France

www.villanoailles-hyeres.com

Manish Arora Pop up store

24 September 2013 - 30 November 2013

Joyce Gallery

168 Galerie de Valois 75001 Paris
France

www.joyce.com

Musée Niepce

15 June 2013 - 15 September 2013

Musée Niepce

28 Quai des Messageries 71100 Chalon-sur-Saône
France

www.museeniepce.com

Open eye gallery

18 May 2013 - 25 August 2013

Open eye gallery

19 Mann Island Liverpool
England

www.openeye.org.uk

Fotokino

04 May 2013 - 26 May 2013

Fotokino

33 Allées Gambetta 13001 Marseille
France

www.fotokino.org

Hermes gallery

12 April 2013 - 08 June 2013

Hermes gallery

691 Madison Ave. 10065 New York
United States

Yossi Milo gallery

11 April 2013

Yossi Milo gallery

245 Tenth Ave. 10001 New York
United States

www.yossimilo.com

MAC/VAL

22 February 2013 - 15 May 2013

Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne

Place de la Libération 94400 Vitry-sur-Seine
France

www.macval.fr

FOMU

14 February 2013 - 09 June 2013

Fotomuseum Antwerpen

Waalsekaai 47 2000 Antwerpen
Belgium

www.fotomuseum.be

Image à Conviction

11 January 2013 - 11 March 2013

Palais curtius

Quai de Maestricht 13 4000 Liège
Belgium

www.grandcurtiusliege.be

Paris photo fair, Yossi Milo Gallery

15 November 2012 - 18 November 2012

Off festival, photo biennal Bratislava

02 November 2012 - 23 November 2012

FIAC artfair Paris, Kicken gallery

18 October 2012 - 21 October 2012

Le point du Jour, Centre d’Art, Cherbourg

23 September 2012 - 03 February 2013

TH13, Hermes gallery, Berne, Switzerland

14 September 2012 - 12 January 2013

Vasco Museum, Bilbao

14 March 2012 - 20 May 2012

Fotohof, Salzburg, Austria

11 December 2011 - 21 January 2012

Paris photo, MEM gallery

15 November 2011 - 18 November 2011

FIAC, Paris, Galerie Kicken

20 October 2011 - 23 October 2011

Frac Basse-Normandie, Caen

25 June 2011 - 30 September 2011

Bunkier Sztuki, Cracaw

13 May 2011 - 12 June 2011

ndian Art Summit

21 January 2011 - 23 January 2011

CRAC Alsace

10 October 2010 - 16 January 2011

Festival Planche contact, Deauville

07 October 2010 - 30 November 2010

Matthieu Foss Gallery, Mumba

05 October 2010 - 02 November 2010

Seoul Museum of Art

16 June 2010 - 15 August 2010

Art Amsterdam

26 May 2010 - 30 May 2010

Musée des terre-neuvas, Fécamp, France

21 May 2010 - 21 September 2010

Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag, Nederland

15 May 2010 - 23 June 2010

Madrid photo fair, Ego galeria

12 May 2010 - 16 May 2010

Fotodok festival, Utrecht

29 January 2010 - 28 February 2010

Maison des Arts, Evreux

21 October 2009 - 21 November 2009

Caption Gallery, New York

01 October 2009 - 25 November 2009

Berliner liste, Ego Galeria

23 September 2009 - 27 October 2009

Journées photographiques de Bienne

04 September 2009 - 27 September 2009

Kunshalle Wien, Austria

03 July 2009 - 20 October 2009

Dress code, ISELP, Brussels

08 May 2009 - 25 July 2009

Vienna fair, Momentum

07 May 2009 - 10 May 2009

Madrid photo fair

07 May 2009 - 10 May 2009

Galerie Momentum, Wien

29 April 2009 - 13 June 2009

“Hors jeu”, Espace culturel Francois Mitterand, Beauvais

18 April 2009 - 27 June 2009

Centre photographique de Cherbourg-Octeville

28 December 2008 - 22 February 2009

In fashion photo fair, Miami

03 December 2008 - 07 December 2008

Paris photo fair

13 November 2008 - 16 November 2008

Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul

30 October 2008 - 11 January 2009

Villa Noailles, Hyères, France

18 October 2008 - 19 October 2008

Atelier De Visu, Marseille

09 October 2008 - 28 November 2008

Galerie des filles du calvaire, Bruxelles

24 September 2008 - 15 November 2008

MEM gallery, Osaka

22 July 2008 - 12 August 2008

Rencontre international d’Arles

08 July 2008 - 14 September 2008

Parcours St Germain, Paris

29 May 2008 - 25 June 2008

Festival Transphotographiques, Lille

15 May 2008 - 29 June 2008

Muée des Beaux-Arts, St Lo, France

11 May 2008 - 15 June 2008

Art Bruxelles, Galeries des filles du Calvaire

18 April 2008 - 21 April 2008

Tokyo Artfair, MEM Gallery

03 April 2008 - 06 April 2008

Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag

03 April 2008 - 21 May 2008

Kasseler KunstVerein, Kassel

09 March 2008 - 29 June 2008

ARCO, Madrid. Galerie Kicken

13 February 2008 - 18 February 2008

Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai

27 January 2008 - 18 March 2008

Galerie Ronmandos, Amsterdam

08 September 2007 - 20 October 2007

Kunsthalle, Liestal (S)

25 August 2007 - 05 October 2007

Galeries Les filles du Calvaire, Bruxelles

11 May 2007 - 14 July 2007

Art Amsterdam – Galerie Nouvelles Images

08 May 2007 - 12 May 2007

Art Chicago, Stephen Daiter Gallery

25 April 2007 - 28 April 2007

Tokyo Art fair, MEM Gallery

07 April 2007 - 08 April 2007

Centro Internazionale di Fotografia

05 April 2007 - 17 June 2007

Koninklijk Atheneum Berchem, Antwerpen

01 April 2007 - 15 April 2007

Galerie des filles du calvaire, Paris

25 March 2007 - 05 May 2007

POC Workshop at the Photomuseum of Antwerpen

01 March 2007 - 04 March 2007

Symposium at the Kyoto University of Art and Design

20 January 2007

Lecture at the School of Photographic Expression, Osaka

14 January 2007

Lecture at the Kyoto University of Art and Design

09 January 2007

Expo CLINIC, Pole image, Rouen

07 January 2007 - 03 March 2007

Art Basel, Miami beach (Kicken gallery)

07 December 2006 - 10 December 2006

Paris photo fair (Filles du Calvaire)

15 November 2006 - 19 November 2006

Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag

11 November 2006 - 13 December 2006

Museum of Modern Art (MUDAM) Luxembourg

03 July 2006 - 10 October 2006

POC show, Alone Together. Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag

17 June 2006 - 23 July 2006

ART BASEL, Kicken Gallery

14 June 2006 - 18 June 2006

Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago

02 June 2006 - 27 July 2006

The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Nova Sin

18 May 2006 - 26 June 2006

Kunsthalle, Erfurt, Germany

30 April 2006 - 25 June 2006

Art Brussel, Kicken Gallery

21 April 2006 - 24 April 2006

Aipad, NY, Kicken Gallery

08 February 2006 - 12 February 2006

Miami Art fair, Kicken Gallery

01 December 2005 - 04 December 2005

Paris photo fair, Galerie

16 November 2005 - 20 November 2005

Kicken gallery, Berlin

08 October 2005 - 14 December 2005

Kicken gallery, Berlin

23 September 2005 - 12 November 2005

Photo festival of Breda, Holland

20 September 2005 - 19 October 2005

www.bredaphoto.nl

ART BASEL, Kicken gallery

15 June 2005 - 20 June 2005

Museo nacional de artes visuales, Montevideo

26 May 2005 - 26 June 2005

Fine Art Museum, Shanghai

17 April 2005 - 17 May 2005

Armory show

11 March 2005 - 14 March 2005

Kicken Gallery

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