Naoya Hatakeyama has been showing his series of works such as Lime Works, Blast, River Series, Underground and Slow Glass since the 1980s. People hardly make an appearance in his photographs but his images show major human interventions in the landscape. Hatakeyama is based in Tokyo, which continually fuels his interest in the relationship between nature, the city and photography. "This artist breathes light and gives his breath as a gift to the world, which appears once again, with each draught of life, as an image, and always as if it were for the last time", Amelunxen comments. Hatakeyama observes that people strive to grasp the world as a whole, but because reality is too vast and our life too short to understand the whole, people needed to invent maps, models, signs and metaphors. Together with some of his unpublished works, the exhibition will showcase his masterworks, Scales, commissioned by Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), which explores the concepts of scale and perception of reality through architectural models, employing the vocabulary of photography.
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