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隙間 presents the exhibition 「中」 by Moeco Yamazaki.
Based between Yonaguni Island and Tokyo, Yamazaki examines the relationship between photography and paper through the creation of two-dimensional and three-dimensional works and installations that explore traditional Ryukyu paper-making techniques from Okinawa.
This exhibition, 「中」, showcases a series of work created during Yamazaki’s stay on Amami Oshima, an archipelago located off South-west Japan. During Yamazaki's stay, various traditional events, including Shochogama and Hirase Mankai, designated as important intangible cultural assets of the country, were held after a four-year hiatus. Experiencing these festivals, Yamazaki incorporates the rich, diverse natural environment of Amami Oshima, the culture and traditions learned from local people, and dyeing techniques into her works.
Whilst continuing motifs such as landscapes, and unique handmade paper from previous series, Yamazaki’s new works represent an experiment using deeply rooted local knowledge.
Please take this opportunity to experience the fresh encounter between Yamazaki’s photography and paper.


Artist statement


山﨑 萌子

Amami Oshima’s traditional ‘Dorozome’ (mud-dyeing) technique has long been used to achieve a deep black colour. Within the dyeing process, an infinite spectrum of colours exists.
Tannic acid from the Japanese Mokurenbai plum, used in mud-dyeing, reacts with the iron content of the soil - gradually transforming vivid colours into a muted, colourless state. As this process is repeated countless times, eventually the final result, a deep lacquer black, is achieved.
When the sun sinks below the horizon and the sky is shrouded in pitch-black darkness, the yellow-red colour of the pandanus fruits disappears, replaced by a rich scent.
Photographs, which in the past, were captured in black and white, were then layered with the colours of memory. In this case, achromatic photographs are printed onto a paper that is close to colourless, despite having been borne from the blessings of nature.
What lies in the space between colourless photographs and memories, filled with colour?

Moeco Yamazaki

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