Exhibition: 7 Sep – 12 Dec 2018
Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
1017 DS Amsterdam
Sat-Wed 10-18 . Thu, Fri 10-21
Foam presents a large-scale retrospective with original prints of Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase (Hokkaido, 1934 – 2012). His oeuvre remained largely inaccessible for over two decades, until the foundation of the Masahisa Fukase Archives in 2014. In addition to his seminal body of work Ravens, the exhibition contains important photo series, publications and documentation dating from the early 1960s to 1992.
Fukase incorporated his personal struggle with loss and depression in his work in a surprisingly playful manner. His subjects were often personal and intimate. Over the years his wife Yoko, his dying father, his beloved cat Sasuke and the artist himself featured in often ludic, and at times melancholic visual narratives. Fukase worked almost exclusively in series, some of which came about over the course of several decades. Together, the works form a unique visual biography of one of the most radical and experimental photographers of his generation.