PRISM is pleased to announce an exhibition of work by Daido Moriyama. An opening reception will be held at the gallery from 7 - 9pm on Friday, July 12 and the exhibition will run through to August 9.
Since the mid 1960s, Daido Moriyama has used a camera to package the world around him. His optics evince the complicated interplay of beauty, depravity, menace and desire in the cultural landscape of Japan during the decades following World War II. His archive of photography is one of the most dense accounts of the tensions produced by the transition from war into an economically integrated, technologically advanced culture. The sudden and rapid synthesis of Japanese and American cultural practices produced strange urban landscapes populated with uncanny characters. Moriyama’s photographs are often absurd and libidinal, functioning as relics of the transient encounters between his gaze and objects of desire and repulsion.
Formally distinguished by high contrast, casual composition and grainy texture, Moriyama developed a photographic aesthetic that helped establish a vision for how the world perceived Japan in the 1960s and onwards. There is, however, something universal at play in his photographs, in that they present the schisms and pluralisms which emerge when advanced capitalism interacts with obedience to tradition.
PRISM will present a selection of Moriyama’s works that span the arc of his career and demonstrate his innovative and instinctive approach to constructing images.
Moriyama’s work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and The Centre Pompidou, Paris. He has presented major solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, Paris, The Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland, The Folkwang, Essen, Germany and the Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo.