Friday, August 31, 2012

Rinko Kawauchi - book-making performance, Photographers' Gallery...

On Saturday September 8th, Japanese photographer Rinko Kawauchi will present a book-making performance - Approaching Whiteness - at London's Photographers' Gallery. Rinko will make use of a form of traditional Japanese scrolls to present her images, she is joined in this performance by a screen-printer and calligrapher. The scrolls will be available to purchase by attending audience members.  Total edition, 300 scrolls.

You can find out more HERE.

Rinko Kawauchi is recognized for masterful editing and sequencing of her images to generate a rich body of photobooks. In response to this, presenting her photography as a sequence of frames on a scroll — a form with a rich history in Japan — is a new photobook form for the photographer that draws out some of the ideas at the core of her work. The sequence of frames flow from right to left and connote the passage of time as an uninterrupted sequence. This idea extends to a larger philosophy that all things are connected.

Approaching Whiteness presents nine different sequences that each focus on a specific theme, as shown in the videos to the right. Participants of the event will chose one scroll and select a pattern to be silkscreened onto the underside of the scroll. Once the pattern has been printed onto the scroll, the title will be written in brushstroke by Kawauchi's mother. The photographer, seated beside her mother, will then stamp her seal onto the scroll before placing the object into a custom-made box and handed to the participant. The entire process, including the silkscreening, will be carried out inside the Studio Floor of the Photographers' Gallery while the participant watches.

The event is open to the public and no reservations are necessary to attend. To receive a scroll, participants will need to purchase a ticket either on the day of the event or in advance. The scrolls are in limited supply so advance purchases are strongly recommended, particularly if there is a specific sequence that the participant wants.

Height: 220 mm, Width: 2.1 meters
Recto: Digital Printing by Edition Works, Tokyo
Japanese paper by Awagami
The scroll wraps around a Katsura pole with a diameter of 44mm and 236mm in length.

66 x 66 x 255 mm, Paulownia wood
Laser-cut lettering

Approaching Whiteness is a production by Ivan Vartanian / Goliga.

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