Christophe Guye Galerie is proud to announce the second solo exhibition with the latest works of Rinko Kawauchi (*1972, Japan) at the gallery. In recent years, her work has started to develop further and further afield from her earlier endeavours focusing on delicate everyday occurrences and subjects.
With ‘Halo’ Rinko Kawauchi expands her exploration of spirituality that she started in 2013 with her series and book ‘Ametsuchi’. In these works, she mainly focused on the volcanic landscape of Japan’s Mount Aso – the Shinto rituals she observed there becoming her anchor for further explorations.
The ‘Halo’ series is made up of three interwoven sections, focusing on differing spiritual traditions. One of the three depicts the “…countless numbers of migratory birds [to] appear throughout Europe [in wintertime]. …Their movements almost resemble a dance. It is said that this activity serves to stave predators away, although only birds know why they behave this way. … The smaller flocks, one by one, come together to create a massive, collective body—this phenomenon comes to resemble human society itself. Their movements create the appearance of a great, shifting shadow. It is like feeling the unidentifiable power brought about by being part of a great crowd.“
Another part of the series depicts the festival ‚DaShuhua’ in the Hebei province in China. The festival has been around for many centuries and originated when people began to throw molten iron against the city walls. The sparks coming off and forming a rain of light served as the poor people’s equivalent to beautiful yet expensive fireworks. „For those who live in poverty, every day is a battle in its own way—perhaps it’s only natural that this ritual reminds one of a struggle.“ Still today each one of us faces their own difficulties, invisible to the eye yet incredibly real to the affected person. „In spite of these dire conditions, we still find ourselves yearning to witness beauty.“
Christophe Guye Galerie
Dufourstrasse 31 CH–8008 Zürich, Switzerland
April 21, 2017 to September 23, 2017