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ARTIST WATCH: THOMAS JORION

The Konbini Series – A photographic glimpse of Japan’s history and society

ARTIST WATCH: THOMAS JORION

Thomas Jorion’s photographic series Konbini is a reference work to his former series Another America. The Konbini series places the viewer in the centre of the image and invites him to look at Japan through a window. There are two types of windows – the first has you look into the photographic room and the latter has you look outside, with a view of different landscapes. The setting of Konbini is placed in the heart of Japan’s history, which is marked by human catastrophes like Hiroshima, Nagazaki, Fukushima…

 

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Credit: Aum // Header: Furo

 

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Credit: Heisei

 

Jorion’s attention focuses on the consumerism in Japan – or rather called ultra-consumerism. The name Konbini was not randomly chosen, it means ‘little shop’, like the ones that are located on the corners of all streets. In contrast to the other series, but like in Another America, he tears the viewer’s attention to the details of the images, the forgotten objects like furniture, televisions or decorative objects. Objects, which relate to an affluent society, objects that represent the Japanese kind of modernism and their sense of fashion as well as of everything new.

 

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Credit: Hikari

 

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Credit: Fukatsu // All images by Thomas Jorion

 

The 1976 born photographer Thomas Jorion lives in Paris. He uses a 4x5’’ camera and colour negatives to freeze the images of urban ruins and condemned buildings, these sort of empty spaces which no longer serve the purposes for which they were built.

 

His photographic series shows environments that were created by humans in a state of entropy, inviting the viewers to reflect on the relationship between the material and the temporal.

 

- By Daniela Schreilechner

21 / 01 / 2015 // by LigaStudios Team

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