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Daido Moriyama: Prints and Books was the first Southeast Asian survey of Daido Moriyama, one of Japan’s most influential photographers. Presented by DECK as part of the biennial Singapore International Photography Festival, the show was organised around 5 of Moriyama’s seminal works: Nippon Theatre, Farewell Photography, Hunter, Light and Shadow and Provoke No. 2.
Working closely with the exhibition’s curator, Practice Theory designed the show’s visual identity, space and collaterals. Set against the backdrop of post-war Japan, Moriyama acknowledged, through his work, the impossibility of visual representation in staking totalising claims over reality or memory. The show’s concept and design reflects that ideological spirit and disposition of Moriyama’s work, and charts the different trajectories of meaning in an image. Different bodies of work are deliberately placed together, minimal captions and descriptions are employed, and each image is treated purely as a visual graphic. Through these actions, new interpretations from the viewer are allowed to take place.
In collaboration with artist-photographer Kevin WY Lee, we also designed a limited-edition catalogue to provide a deeper study and understanding of Moriyama’s work.
View the accompanying catalogue here.