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Masaki Nakayama

45 min visit

Paris
Galerie Christophe Gaillard
25 Jan → 22 Feb 2020
From Tue to Fri 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2 pm to 7 pm. Sat 12 pm to 7 pm. Closed Mon and Sun.

« A Japanese artist unknown in France exhibited for the first time in Paris. To be discovered without delay!  »

Masaki Nakayama. The name of this Japanese artist probably doesn't ring a bell. And yet he is one of the major figures of Japanese conceptual photography in the 1970s. We're in agreement. The subject matter is a bit pointed. Yet his work, which you can discover at the Christophe Gaillard gallery, is extremely accessible, even humorous. We'll explain it to you. If the body is necessarily the start of everything in art, if only by the very act of creation, it also becomes object, subject and scale in Masaki Nakayama's work. As early as the 1970s, the artist takes his body as the decisive scale and primary tool of his devices. In his installations, he combines the action of the body, its recording through photography or drawing and their confrontation with the object. In this way, photography is always inserted into an object, something that surpasses and encompasses it, creating a dialogue. The body of real space and the body of photographic space become superimposed realities in a multi-layered space. In this way, Nakayama questions the materiality of photographic reality, pushing the contemporary questioning, and produces an answer of his own.

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