WORLDS AWAY. From Tokyo To Okinawa. Paula Fujiwara & Aya Sawada

14 Jun 2019 – 27 Jun 2019

Event times

14 - 27 June
Monday-Friday 10:20-14:00, 16:00-20:30
Sat. 16:00-20:30

Cost of entry

Free entrance

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Catalonia, Spain


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Two artists, two visual worlds, two different perspectives on Japan. Paula Fujiwara and Aya Sawada, photographers and friends with artistic trajectories tied to Japan, put together some of their most representative pieces in this exhibit.




In this exhibit, Paula Fujiwara invites us to reflect on Okinawa, an island that is supposedly idyllic but not without contradictions. The series Manifesto (2014) is a criticism of Okinawan politicians who fill the streets with posters with electoral promises that are never fulfilled. On the other hand, the Retropolis series (2014-2017) portrays Okinawa buildings in danger of disappearing. It is a way of keeping in mind a paradisiacal Okinawa that is fading due to the presence of US military bases and urban development. 


The unsaid is the flower

The flower represents the organic flow of the cycles of life, the archetypal expression of beauty and the power of the unspeakable. The theme of this collection is to capture the conciliation of the visible and the invisible world. The photos were taken in Japan, Okinawa and Shirakawago.

Living in the city, I was amazed by all of the contradictions in society, the use and misuse of uniforms of all kinds and all of the beauty of nature and richness of the culture.

The underlying theme is a very personal one. Understanding my own contradictions and vulnerability, I see this period as a process of transformation and reaching some kind of ecstasy and liberation. These photos show different perspectives on this process but leave a lot unsaid, like flowers blossoming in the music of silence.

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Exhibiting artists

Aya Sawada

Paula Fujiwara


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