Discovering the Unseen: Exhibition on a Polish City

From May PGI, a gallery in Tokyo, will be hosting an exhibition of Yuji Hamada, a Japanese freelance photographer, “Broken Chord”. His work questions the nature of ‘the seen’ and ‘the unseen’. This time he tries to uncover the historical development of a Polish city. It could change how you see cities.

This ‘Broken Chord’ series came about after a visit to Wrocław, a Polish city designated as European Capital of Culture in 2016. Mr Hamada is no stranger to Europe, as his work has been shown at the “Images” photo festival in Vevey, Switzerland (2014), the Aix-en-Provence Photo Festival in France (2015), along with many other venues. His debut monograph ‘photograph’ was nominated for the Paris Photo/Aperture First Photobook Award 2014.

Mr Hamada stayed Wrocław for a month last September. “I don’t believe that life’s important things are always found in historical locations or symbolic landmarks. In fact they’re often found in common places we’ve come to take for granted,” says Mr Hamada. He began capturing glimpses into the city’s past within “layers of new posters pasted over old ones and the patchwork walls of German brick buildings which had been repaired many times over with a variety of materials and colors.”

Upon returning to Japan, he intertwined these with his own memories of the journey to produce this series of images. By trading in color for black and white and through the mix of straight and double-exposed prints, he has succeeded in reproducing the invisible reality lurking just below our own–“the passage of time and the memories of the city itself.”

Yuji Hamada “Broken Chord”
Venue: PGI (2-3-4 3F Higashiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Date: May 10 – July 8, 2017
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 11:00-19:00 / Saturday 11:00-18:00
Closed: Sundays and National Holidays

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