L’ANGLE gallery presents Expo_025 – “Eva” by Toshio Shimamura from December 17, 2020 to January 31, 2021.
In the presence of the artist, Friday December 18, Saturday December 19 and Sunday December 20, 2020.
Event adapted to current sanitary conditions.
“One day I met Eva. She had such an angry expression on her face and looked so scared that she scared me. Was she not going to come out of the all-black drawing I had in front of me that represented her?
When I later began to look at the print of a photo of a sunflower, it was Eva who appeared to me again, she was the sunflower, tormented, her hair as if blown down by the wind, on a stormy day. This encounter with a universe which merges into another, these two images which speak to each other secretly, this “Eva-Tournesol” produced in me a surprise but also a silent joy.
This is the start of this series of photos …
Little by little light appears, a lot of light until saturation. The flowers transform into silhouettes and tiny details, imperceptible to the naked eye, are revealed as if the eye were transformed into a microscope to enter the threshold of the invisible. On the way to “wither”, subtleties of colors and expressions. Dance movements which express joy, sadness, perhaps a death call. Or still postures reminiscent of the Butō dance, “dance of the dark body”. I blend in with the plant, which has become hallucinatory and dangerous. Then I walk away, the photos become more abstract, like deep black ink stains until the image disappears. ”
With “Eva”, Toshio Shimamura returns to his favorite motif of flowers. In front of the artist’s lens, these “still lifes” revealed in a traditional way on film, come to life. Through the play of their shapes and textures, subtly sculpted by light, they express their personified character in an apparent stillness. And the image that the photographer sends us back with finesse is also that between frozen vanity and dance of death, of the imperceptible movement of passing time, a poetry of universal beauty.
Toshio Shimamura was born in Kyoto, Japan, where he studied fashion design and then became a pastry chef in Kobe. He arrived in Paris in 1985 and entered the École Nationale de Création Industrielle / les Ateliers in 1987. After graduating, he left for New York and worked as an assistant to the architect and designer Gaetano Pesce from 1991 to 1993. During this period, photography became the engine of a new universe … During the exhibition “A flor de piel” (on edge) at the Okendo art center in San Sebastian (Spain) in 2006, the photographer is noticed by Christian Caujolle founder and then artistic director of the agency and the gallery VU’. In 2010, Toshio Shimamura was a finalist for the Academy of Fine Arts Photography Prize. Today his photographs are present in several collections including the Colección Ordóñez-Falcón (COFF) visible at the TEA (Tenerife Espacio de las Artes) in Tenerife (Spain), and they are the subject of exhibitions in festivals, museums and galleries in France, Spain or Japan. His latest series “Eva” is presented for the very first time at L’ANGLE in Hendaye.
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6 rue des Citronniers 64700 Hendaye France
December 17, 2020 to January 31, 2021