The transformation of the house created by photographers, architects and contemporary artists Ogata Ichiro Ono and Ogata Yu has been compiled in photographs and essays in the publication “Our Eclectic Tokyo Home”, which we announce along with the opening of this exhibition. In their quest to create a home brought forth by the meeting of different cultures and the threat of nature, the Ogatas have continually been shooting on the fringes of the world: in their Tokyo home images collected in China, Namibia, Mexico and many other places proliferate while changing shape in terms of structure and interior and even incorporating a model railway.
The works shown in this exhibition are a series of photographs taken in Southern China, in farms and in towns. In every one of these houses built around a hundred years ago, Chinese traditions and American culture fight against each other and, with their abandoned state since the age of Communism, offer a scene that resembles the set of a movie. In the framework of the gallery space, the photographs are enclosed like a set embedded world, expressing the eternal chain of images that an ever-shifting culture brings into peoples’ everyday lives.