Approaching Whiteness | Performance with Rinko Kawauchi

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Rinko Kawauchi is recognized for masterful editing and sequencing of her images and has generated a rich body of photobooks. In response to this, presenting her photography as a sequence of frames on a scroll — a form with a rich history in Japan — is a new photobook form for the photographer that draws out some of the ideas at the core of her work. The sequence of frames flow from right to left and connote the passage of time as an uninterrupted sequence. This idea extends to a larger philosophy that all things are connected.

Approaching Whiteness presents nine different sequences that each focus on a specific theme. Participants choose a scroll and selected a pattern to be silkscreened onto the underside of the scroll. Once the pattern had been printed onto the scroll, the title was written in brushstroke by a calligrapher. The photographer then stamped her seal onto the scroll before placing the object into a custom-made box and handing it to the participant. The entire process, including the silkscreening, was carried out inside the Photographers’ Gallery while the participants watched.

Total Edition: 300 scrolls

Height: 220 mm, Width: 2.1 meters
Recto: Digital Printing by Edition Works, Tokyo
Japanese paper by Awagami
The scroll wraps around a Katsura pole with a diameter of 44mm and 236mm in length.

66 x 66 x 255 mm, Paulownia wood
Laser-cut lettering

Approaching Whiteness is a production by Ivan Vartanian / Goliga.

2 Comments to “Approaching Whiteness | Performance with Rinko Kawauchi”

  1. Lovely name: “Approaching Whiteness.” This is a nice idea for incorporating traditional Japanese paper making and digital photography. I am a photographer now living in Japan. I am interested in learning how Japanese artists marry traditional art to digital photography. Thank you. Also thank you for dropping by to see my blog at “Fitz in Nagoya.”

  2. @mbfitzmahan. Thank you for your comment and its a very interesting point you flagged up about tradition and modernity and I think this performance encapsulates it totally. I’m very jealous you are living in Japan. I look forwarding to reading more of your blog posts. Thanks for visiting 🙂

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