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Hisaji Hara

24.02.12 - 31.03.12

This exhibition will mark the first European solo show of Hisaji Hara, one of Japan’s brightest new photo stars. Both strange and familiar, Hisaji Hara’s photographs are meticulous recreations of paintings by the highly-revered Polish-French artist, Balthus (1908-2001). Hara creates his images through multiple exposures, all done in-camera without computer manipulation, which coupled with the use of smoke machines and cinematic lighting lends them a wistful, timeless quality akin to the paintings he has referenced. Characterised by a tableau vivant approach and romanticised pictoralism, Hara’s studies of adolescent girls and boys, can be considered as a poignant longing for youth and innocence.

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