This exhibition will present artists whose works explore the relationship between personal narrative and the shifting concepts of public and private space. In this age of boundless information, text messaging, social networking and cell phone cameras, the landscape of image culture and consumption is rapidly, and continually, changing. Through the Internet and cell phone cameras, photography has been integrated into our daily life as never before. Within a sea of digital information, the casual, yet crafted personal narrative has a cultural presence of unprecedented proportions; people freely share select details and images from their lives with both friends and strangers via Facebook and other social networking outlets. There is an exhibitionist quality to these activities, and we have developed a hunger for it.
Curator Nathalie Herschdorfer
The exhibition will not present a generic portrait of adolescence but rather brings together work done by photographers dealing with a variety of issues related to pre-adults. How does this age group keep distance with adults? What are their archetypes and what is the youth code? The exhibition will present artists whose works explore the individuality versus the group; the interaction between generations; the conflict between the search for authenticity and norms of behaviour; the emergence of a new body, etc. The exhibition will also present pictures made by tia age group: pre-adults upload photographs to the Internet. Hovering in virtual space, these pictures are there for all to see. Adolescents have embraced the virtual world as a new and immediate way of communicating with their peers and the world at large. Teenagers’ snapshots have entered the historical theater of images. Popularity of these amateur snapshots resides in their strong emotional clout and their presumed authenticity. Their pictures – ranging from portraits, self-portraits and nude studies to documentary, fashion, and pornographic images – break down old categories. Today teenage culture, based on a new use of digital imagery, is an electronic culture in a number of ways. It places people at the heart of the creative act, rendering technology subordinate. It is egalitarian, and is simultaneously individualistic and collective, and reflects on desires and anxieties, suffering and joy, doubts and vanity, intimate and public images.
Curator Sumitomo Fumihiko
This exhibit is about the problematic boundary between fiction and documentary that results from too much exposure to excessive images in our daily lives.
Curator Lee Young June
I. A Performative Exhibition Focused on the Behavior of the Photographer.
Photographers do a lot of things and activities as human beings. They always breathe and use their muscles and nerves like other people. This is their essential nature, but the existing exhibitions have only put dead images which are their art work up on the stage. Exhibitions, however, should show living people instead of dead images. So this exhibition was designed to present the various activities of the photographer: speaking, thinking, resting, eating and drinking coffee. Of course, he or she may take, select and edit photos, making phone calls to others. All these activities will be conducted and shown in the exhibition space. The photographers may have a conversation with their guest, engage in a dialogue with visitors and host a workshop with their own program.
II. Knowledge Curating
The key category of item on display will be knowledge. The goal of the exhibition is to showcase knowledge about photography. Such knowledge will be accompanied with diagrams, key words and symbol systems. The concept of production and consumption of photographs, thoughts, property, history and critique of photography will be illustrated in the framework of the entirety of the knowledge presented. Photographs will be shown in the form of data rather than of art works. Visitors, therefore, will enjoy the intellectual experience of surfing through diverse traits of knowledge of photography in this exhibition.