For his first solo exhibition of 2017, Kato has chosen to exhibit his new work in a unique way: instead of displaying photography on the gallery walls, participants will be invited to view his work on handheld slideviewers. By transferring his images to slides and having us view the work in such an intimate way, Kato asks us to examine the quality of presence in our relationship between the consumption of art and in every day life.
The photographs themselves are densely layered collages from his travels and everyday life from the last ten years. He has combined them to make intricate new memories, a myriad of sensations and fleeting experiences from around the world thrown together. This interplay between fact and fiction reflects the very subjective quality of memory itself, and, by extension, life.
The subjective quality of memory is close to Kato's heart as a meditation teacher and former medical doctor. He has invited his friends at Alzheimer's Research to come and take part in the show in recognition of how important memory is to our daily function.
In keeping with the theme of the exhibition, all work for the show will be limited edition and available to buy. Both the slideviewers and packs of postcards will be on sale throughout.