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  • Threshold amount by Koichi Nishiyama

    Finding absence in scenery is my principal theme. I try to figure out why I find a sense of reality in front of such landscapes through photography

  • Planarity by Koichi Nishiyama

    I like to transfer an absent existence within the landscapes into my photographs in order to give a figurative sense to them on this earth. It could add a new value to our world whatever the reality is in my work

Finding absence in scenery is the principal theme of my photographic work. The landscapes have contrasting characters which give us an impression of warmth in desolateness, and I find a sense of reality in the absent and desolate scenery. I try to figure out why I find a sense of reality in front of such landscapes through my photography.

The places photographed by Koichi Nishiyama are marginalized areas, decreasing the density of a city which is in a process of construction and deconstruction. There are almost no people in the pictures, but it does not mean that he is not interested in photographing humans; Nishiyama chooses places where there are traces of inhabitants.

The images in the photographs have become sharply focused because Nishiyama would like to clearly represent the details in the landscapes that were captured by the camera lens. This way of taking pictures was influenced by a text that he remembered by Andrei Tarkovsky; “most interesting, most frightening dreams are the ones where you remember everything down to the minutest detail”.

Nishiyama would like to transfer an absent existence within the landscapes into the photographs in order to give a figurative sense to them on this earth. He believes that it could add a new value to our world even if there is no answer to the question about what the reality is in his work.

EXHIBITIONS & PUBLICATIONS

Education

Photography: Workshop Calotype, Tokyo, Japan. 2009
Contemporary Art: B Seminar School, Yokohama, Japan. 1992
Graphic Design: Tokyo Designer School, Tokyo, Japan. 1990

Exhibition, Release

Solo Exhibitions
2012 “planarity” GENDAI HEIGHTS Gallery DEN, Tokyo.
2010 “GOING BLANK AGAIN” Art Trace Gallery, Tokyo.
2010 “Nowhere” Gallery Kobou CHIKA,Tokyo.

Group exhibition
2013 “THIRD EXHIBITION/COMPARISON” Art Trace Gallery, Tokyo
2012 “17th Anual Photo Competition Exhibition” Seattle, USA
2012 “Copenhagen Photo Festival” Copenhagen, Denmark
2011 “FotoNoviembre 2011, Atlántica Colectivas International Photo Festival” Tenerife, Spain
2010 “5 visions of 5 photographers” Gallery21, Tokyo
2010 “Nagameru Manazasu” Upfield-gallery,Tokyo
2009 “Market Trace” Art Trace Gallery, Tokyo
1996 “Atopic Site,” Tokyo Big Site, Tokyo
1994 “Thank You from The Hill,” Ikuta Hospital, Ikuta
1993 “Our NICAF YOKOHAMA” Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama
1992 “A Zemi Exhibition” Parthenon Tama, Tokyo

Koichi Nishiyama probeert afwezigheid vast te leggen. Daartoe fotografeert hij gemarginaliseerde gebieden en maakt geen geheim van details: alles moet duidelijk, ook het afwezige…

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