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“Kyoto” by Maria Guerberof

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“My project “Kyoto” is a testament of my sensory experience — purely personal, intuitive, imperfect —and connected with a remote past of my existence centuries ago.

The images recall magical circumstances, mirrored repetitions and infinite time.

As if Jorge Luis Borges had shaped this landscape and asked me in a dream to immortalise it.

As a foreigner, I can only imagine Japan’s past from others’ stories, yet I feel a strong magical connection to Kyoto. I read stories on every ancient wall, in their aged marks and weathered imperfections. Tree roots breaking the pavement with brute strength, emerging from deep underground. Green vegetative surfaces that live and die and grow again. Transformations constant and slow, details of the past made present as nature overtakes modern urbanisation.

While editing this project, I realised that Kyoto can be only experienced intuitively, not via logic. I feel the constant secret battle of millennia behind each step.”

Maria Guerberof

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Maria Guerberof

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Originally from Argentina, Buenos Aires, Maria has a background in philosophy and creative photography. Based permanently in the UK, her work as a cinematographer includes short dramas, music video clips, promos, documentaries and dance art films. Maria’s work as a photographer was nominated in 2018 for the KG± Award at Kyotographie Festival for her solo exhibition:”Buenos Aires 2001: a culture under siege” exhibited at Voice Gallery / Matsuo Megumi in Kyoto, Japan.

Maria, is currently directing personal projects, designing her photography books and exhibiting her work in Paris, London and Japan.

“My photographic practice is all about gesture: making magical truths visible to others by means beyond the intellect. Photography has always been a mystical experience for me: strange situations and wonderful people appear, inexplicable things happen to me and my camera. It is a constant search that keeps surprising me every day.

At the moment, I am particularly interested in the textures and haptic qualities of image”

Maria Guerberof

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“The Cave” by Uma

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“The Cave is a collection of my polaroids from 2017 to the present.

The cave was named after a friend who was dead.

I said to him many times, “The savage has returned to the cave.”

Until now my concept of existence has been blurred again.

We should all roll the dice once if we could.

“In my ideal world, it would be a simple thing. Every young man of twenty-one should be put to the test. They should go to a hospital and roll the dice once. One of the six sides of a die is dead. If they had thrown it exactly that way, they should have died painlessly. No awkward situation, no beast of cruelty, innocent bystanders will not be hurt. It’s just a throw of the dice at the hospital.”

“It must be good for improving the war situation.”

“Do you really think so?”

“It’s obvious.”

“Are you sure?”

“If you can.”

                        From my friend Mo Chuanqi “

Uma

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Uma

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“After I left the army, I started taking pictures. When you start taking nude photos, people will always ask: why do you do this, but my answer is always: why can’t I do this?

I still don’t know how to describe my photos. I just want them to be free.

In my mind, freedom has always been an imaginary existence. This is a truth even my late elementary school classmate knows, a week before his death the teacher once promised him: “you get your homework done, and you’re free.” He smiled and said, “there is no real freedom.” A week later, he drowned while playing.

This truth, my good friend Mo Chuanqi he also knows. But he had gone to a freer place, and he had left me a poem. He is a savage, Nemo, and a toilet. I always said to him, “go back to the cave.” The poem ends, of course, with the savage finally rolling the dice and then following the water back to the cave, his own cave.

That’s where my title comes from.

I don’t know when to start, I lost my “feeling”, I always laughing and Shouting with a loud voice, but I don’t have any feelings, even when I was on the bus feeling “self” emerged from ears, looked at his stand on the bus, standing watch that I made the decision to choose, I just looked on live, in the end I call it “incompetent”. Based on this phenomenon, I have conceived many possibilities for the essence of existence. But no matter how close to the truth, I still can’t change the fact that I’m “too calm” most of the time.

I have to hope for the day when I “wake up”.”

Uma

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“Proof” by 9mouth

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Questioning what is a “proof” of past love, the artist printed the lover’s shots to kept traces of love as a physical testimonial, and mixed it with other documents.

But printed on thermal paper, and alike the tickets and receipts, pictures inexorably vanish in a metaphorical demonstration of the fade of everything.

An album have collected these pictures at one moment : [PROOF]

The natural charm of intimate portraits, some candid, some mature, is deepened by the use of thermal paper like a vanitas in paintings, but nor a pattern neither a detail but a material.

The existence of memories is then defined by the medium as a message.

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9mouth

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9mouth, born in Jingzhou in 1988, currently lives and works in Beijing. His practice includes photography and writing, which mainly focuses on affectional experience, reality and fiction, time and memory. His works have been exhibited in museums and project spaces both in China and internationally.

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“Cupboard Memories” by Xia Boqian

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In Cupboard Memories the Chinese artist Xia Boqian merge together two projects; Out of the closet, where she have covered for a long time people with depression, mental issues due to events and way of life they didn’t wanted to share publicly. This project “out of the closet” also covered people suffering of what they are but can’t change; lesbians/gays, fat, suicidal, harassed, bullied, etc… For the edit of the book this project has been mixed with other “lighter” secrets; hidden feelings, sentimental affairs, secret love… to make a compilation of private moments with quite improvised stages. What was important during the shooting was to let go and she captured only few pictures of these moments, instantly, without taking care of “professional standard” (lighting, framing,…) She captured the moments.

The emotions frozen in time are much more valuables as during the preparation of the book, a lot of the archives where irremediably lost, leaving us in doubt about using old scans or previous internet sharing. But it was the story of the book itself: a compilation of imperfect things and moments, that cannot be repeated, so we kept going forward.

The sequencing was made using the idea of mutual needs: flowers, waters & human connections responding to each others.

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Xia Boqian

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“I hardly wrote a self introduction. It feel a little difficult. Well, I must be a very boring person. I go to bed early and get up early. My friends all think I am too much like an elderly, but I think I just live according to the nature.

I like photography because I like nature, branches in winter and mottled shadows in summer. Now I live in the real world. I don’t know when I am awake from my dream. It’s probably the image or the nature. For me, time is cruel and beautiful. The image of pictures and the statement of words are both ways of recording time, so I can’t lie.

In the future, I should be a director, and now every day I study hard, learn everything, photography, flower art, installation, and learn what is visible and invisible in nature.

Xia Boqian

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“Seoul Nightshift” by Jan Daga

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“In Seoul, everything has a price. Everything has a time and everything has a dimension.
The city is perfect, crystal clear. But at night, everything changes. People pay just to disconnect
from the exhausting rhythms imposed by this incredibly competitive society. Just want to
get lost for a moment, in the streets and in the alleys, in nightclubs and in clubs overflowing with
people. With the sole purpose of forgetting a too long day. Drowning
in the solitude of a bottle of beer, smoking hundred of cigarettes. The screen of a
cell phone, of a thousand cell phones. With the desire to recreate a more easy world.
More human. Between the shadows and the lights of an endless night in search of a parallel life.
Or maybe just to survive. Another day.
This book is the result of three years of intense work dedicated to the streets of Seoul and its nightlife. To its excesses and its traditions. This book is dedicated to my dear Korean friends who have often accompanied me during the nights. Thank you Hong and Chang. “

Jan Daga

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