Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (NewsVoir) – Tohoku-Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers opened at Cholamandal Artists’ Town – Pictures will remain in display till 15th Aug. 2022 – Organized by Velammal International School & & Japan Structure ‘TOHOKU-Through the Eyes of Japanese Professional photographers’, collectively organized by Japan Structure and The Velammal International School (TVIS), which is part of Velammal Understanding Park (VKP), was inaugurated just recently (on July 27, 2022) at Laburnum & & Indigo Galleries, Cholamandal Artists’ Village. The exhibit was opened by Mr. Kenji Miyata, Deputy Consul General, Consulate of Japan, Chennai. Dr. Leslie D. Joynes, who is a New York-based artist and scholar on modern visual cultures, provided the keynote address. Ms. Gitanjali Sasikumar, Academic Director, Velammal Knowledge Park presided over the function. Noteworthy artists consisting of Mr. P. Gopinath and Mr. C. Douglas among others who enhanced the occasion. The exhibition will conclude on August 15, 2022. This historical exhibit of the pictures, brought to India as part of the 70th year of Indo-Japan cultural relations, is made up of 123 works of 9 individual photographers and one professional photographers’ group from Japan. Produced in 2011, and curated by Mr. Kotaro Lizawa, who is recognized as a leading Japanese photography critic, historian of photography, and publication editor, ‘TOHOKU-Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers’, unwinds the history and life in the area of TOHOKU in Japan. This area was ravaged in the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, among the deadliest natural catastrophes in the history of Japan, and this exhibit was curated to commemorate the very first anniversary of the disaster. However, this is not a paperwork of the devastation and resurrection of the place. It is all about the history and landscape of TOHOKU, and the life there because the early 20th century. The exhibition was started a year after the tsunami in 2011, and it has been running for ten years according to Mr. Koji Sato, Director General, Japan Foundation-Delhi. “We do not want people to consider this area with pictures of the disaster. Rather, we want to reveal the rich culture and custom of individuals of TOHOKU,” he said. Shri. M.V.M Sasikumar, Director, Velammal Understanding Park said, “VKP is extremely happy to bring this historical show to Chennai, which also dealt with the terrible tsunami in 2004. This program becomes part of their ongoing efforts to take education beyond the mundane, hence enabling the trainees to bring the world to them. When we heard of Japan Structure preparing to bring this historical exhibition to India, we were thrilled to be part of it, because we wanted our students to experience it personally in a gallery area, at the very same time becoming part of the cultural relations between the 2 nations. This way, we can help the trainees alter the perception of the world and our own function in developing it too.” Distinguished Artist Shri. MuraliCheeroth, Creative Director of Chitravathi Centre for Imagination (CCC), which is the innovative arm of VKP said, “When an university ties-up with the cultural bodies, it would have a significant favorable influence on the students. This exhibition is distinct in lots of respects. In Japan, this exhibition was curated to mark the first anniversary of the earthquake that shook Japan on March 11, 2011, ravaging the TOHOKU area, which has a fantastic tradition. Nevertheless, here it is not the devastation that comes to life in these pictures that catch the life and custom of the region, which is known for the Neolithic Jomon culture, the deepest stratum of traditional Japanese culture.” The program, curated in cooperation with The Photographic Society of Japan comprise the works of Teisuke Chiba (1917-65), Ichiro Kojima (1924-64), Hideo Haga, Masatoshi Naito, Hiroshi Oshima, NaoyaHatakeyama, Meiki Lin, Masaru Tatsuki, Sendai Collection, and NaoTsuda.
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