“Wako Works of Art: 15 Years/Part III”


Christopher Williams’ glossy prints of a polished Velosolex, the French motor-driven bicycle, seem plucked from a brochure, their commentary on obsolescence obscured by their sheen. Two prominent color prints from Turner-Prize-winning Wolfgang Tillmans suggests instead the gritty and unfinished: Empty gilded picture frames lean on power breakers, and windows of a locked, dilapidated building reflect a road sign saying “Give Way.” While the two men use photography to relay hidden truths, Fiona Tan seeks the profound in ordinary snapshots. For “Vox Populi, Tokyo,” Tan collected photo albums from 90 Japanese families, scanning pictures that resonated with her even when the cultural context of, say, a suika-wari (children splitting a watermelon in the summer) was lost.

Read the full review at The Japan Times Online.

"Wako Works of Art: 15 Years:Part III" | The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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