Toshio Shibata : The Abstraction of Space

Okawa Village, Kochi Prefecture, 2007
Toshio Shibata, “Okawa Villa, Kochi Prefecture”, 2007

“Shibata’s chosen subject of infrastructure occupies this same territory and his images share the cool detachment that characterizes much contemporary landscape photography. And yet they are not invested with a critical message – they are more elusive, more mysterious. They invite us to interpret them freely, with the same freedom that Shibata experiences when driving across the Japanese archipelago, leaving himself open to chance encounters with the landscape. In fact, he describes the process of making his photographs as ‘borrowing the landscape’: they are not images of the landscape but images made from the landscape. While they document the world that they depict, that is not their primary function. Instead, the exquisite nature of these compositions seems to be inviting us to look at the world a little differently than before, to reconsider what a landscape might be.”
Marc Feustel, in SHIBATA, Toshio – Contacts. Paris: Poursuite, 2013. ISBN 978-2-918960-70-6.

Exhibition “Toshio Shibata : The Abstraction of Space” on display at the Polka Gallery, Paris, September 14th – October 26th.


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