#JapanDiary "Excuse me, can I click a picture of you?" the pro photographer snapping the beautiful shrine asks me in Japlish.
"Me? Not the pretty lady behind me?" comes the reply in hasty Japanese.
"Hai! You... Kakkoi dis!!"
Well.. everyone have their days 😅
On my last day in Kyoto, I grabbed a bicycle and planned to go around the temples I'd missed. Expectedly, I got lost and found myself in a neighbourhood of the city where old and new Kyoto seemed to blend in together. An experience too unique to be forgotten.
My first evening in Tokyo, I stepped out and walked towards the highest building I saw in the horizon. Went through beautiful temples, busy shopping districts, saw hidden bars, interesting people and fat cats.
Wandered away from the noisy tourists and ended up here. I quietly counted the lamp posts and counted the steps as I slowly climbed them matching my steps to the sound of the rain. Nobody stopped me or welcomed me. I just stood there for a while wondering if I was here before or just wished to be.
please join us next week for
29 JULY - 25 AUGUST 2017
OPENING: 28 JULY, 7 PM
Based on their latest travel experiences, the two Düsseldorf-based artists Anne Pöhlmann (born 1978 in Dresden) and Diango Hernández (born 1970 in Cuba) have developed an exhibition for the long window display of the Dortmunder Kunstverein.
Like two sides of the same coin, the two positions complement each other. Similar to a visual diary, Anne Pöhlmann's series of printed textile panels takes us along on her first journey to Japan. Through compositions of snapshots of every day situations and famous motifs such as Mount Fuji, the series Japan Diary moves her closer to this foreign culture. In doing so, the medium of photography enables her to adapt the new surroundings.
Diango Hernández, on the other hand, meets the familiar landscapes of Cuba with a pictorial gesture. Using impressionist brush strokes, he paints crashing waves on the beach reminiscent of the Spanish artist Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1923). His homage yearningly recalls a time when painting represented all of the world's beauty.