In making his Diorama Maps, Nishino combines photography, collage, cartography and psycho-geography to create large prints of urban landscapes. Drawing inspiration from the 18th century Japanese cartographer, Ino Tadataka, Nishino “re-imagines” the places he visits. He spends weeks wandering a city’s streets, exploring its many vantage points and shooting hundreds of rolls of film. He then painstakingly prints enlarged contact sheets by hand and collages the many images to form the tableaux he will use as the basis for his limited edition prints.
“The finished work is anything but an accurate map, it is simply the town as seen through the eyes of a single individual, a trace of the way in which I walked through it, an embodiment of my awareness, a microcosm of the life and energy that comprise the city” – Sohei Nishino
© Sohei Nishino, Diorama Map Rio de Janeiro, 2011
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One of the artists represented at the Michael Hoppen Gallery booth at this years Zona Maco art fair in Mexico.
3 - 7 FEB, 2016