Opening: Friday, Februay 6, 2009, at 7 p.m. at the JDZB
Opening Hours: Mon thru Thu 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m. until 3.30 p.m.
Showing until March 5, 2009
How do the Japanese live in Japan? How do they live abroad? Do they create their own culture in foreign cities? What do they take with them from home? Feelings, things – sensuous or tangible memories?
Having lived in Japan for two and a half years himself, the artist and graphic designer Sven Ingmar Thies gained insight into the lives of 82 Japanese citizens in five global cities over the course of nine years:
- New York
Through his discreet observation he manages to capture fleeting moments of everyday Japanese life at home and abroad. He depicts the living spaces of a very diverse group - from architects to students, from business people to chefs to artists.
Using analogue black-and-white photography, Sven Ingmar Thies combines the subjects' blurred motions with classic stills of the rooms they live in.
Sven lngmar Thies, born in Hamburg in 1969, studied graphic design at the Braunschweig University of Art, Germany. After university he worked in London, Vienna and Tôkyô.
During his two and a half year stay in Tôkyô his profound interest in the Japanese way of feeling, thinking and living further intensified – and has not diminished since. For "Japanese Rooms" he spent a couple of months in each of the cities where he took photos of Japanese citizens in order to get to know the people and feel the cities' different atmospheres.
As a graphic designer Sven lngmar Thies is specialised in branding and developing sustainable com-binations of print and online media design. As an artist he primarily develops photo projects and instal-lations – like his one-man exhibition "What Does Love Mean?" in Tôkyô, 1998, or "Wave" for USM, 2007.
He lives and works in Hamburg and Vienna.
Photobook: “Japanese Rooms“ in English and Japanese; Verlag SchwarzerFreitag, Berlin; 39 €
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