The Japanese aesthetic of Kehai in the photography of Yukihito Masuura

April 03, 2019 to April 06, 2019
The Japanese aesthetic of Kehai in the photography of Yukihito Masuura
43 West 22nd Street
New York - 10010 NY
Foto Care is pleased to present a very special photo exhibition on view from April 3-6 that will focus on Masuura's exquisite documentation of the cyclical reconstruction and re-consecration of Japan's most sacred Shinto shrines, Izumo Oyashiro (about every 60 years) and Ise Jingu (nearly 20 years). He is the only photographer to gain access to these revered places. This religious tradition, known as Sengu, dates back more than 1300 years, and not only preserves the artisanal skills required for continuity in Japan's architectural aesthetics, but also highlights the Japanese aesthetics of wood, paper, textiles, and natural light as an artistic symbiosis with nature. The Foto Care exhibition is historic as it coincides with the completion of Sengu for Izumo Oyashiro on March 20, 2019. The renewal of the famous Shinto shrine began in April 2008 and lasted 12 years. The previous sengu was held in 1953.

Opening Reception: April 3, 6:30-8:30PM

Artist Talk: April 2, 6-8PM
Bryant Park Corporation (hosted by Harvard Business School Club of New York)
5 Bryant Park at 1065 6th Avenue, Suite 2400, New York

The day before the exhibition opening, Harvard Business School Club of New York will host a lecture with Masuura at Bryant Park Corporation where he will present his photographs and explain how kehai has influenced his work. He will discuss both his work made in Japan photographing the sacred shrines, as well as his work made in the West, including his commissioned project to photograph the collections of such major art museums as the Louvre, the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and the Musée Rodin. See more information in biography below. Masuura will have prints available for sale and signing.

Photo © Yukihito Masuura Sacred Line of shinto priest, Sanshin

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