Dazaifu Tenmangu Artprogram vol.9 Takashi Homma “Seeing Itself”
“Seeing Itself” refers to the act of “seeing” as a fact in and of itself, inspired by the sight of the true essence of the “invisible” encountered by the artist while researching a series of shrines. This theme was realized through a rich variety of works including not only prints but also a pinhole work created by using as a camera obscura a room in Kamado Shrine at the foot of Mt. Homan, Dazaifu’s sacred mountain, video works related to Shinto rituals at Dazaifu Tenmangu, and outdoor works offering views through binoculars. What is the true essence that becomes visible in the more than 1100-year history of Dazaifu Tenmangu by using contemporary photographic expression to capture the ever-changing present at the vanguard of the world?
Born in 1962, won the 24th Kimura Ihei Memorial Photography Award in 1999 for his collection of photographs Tokyo Suburbia (Korin-Sha). In 2011 and 2012, his solo exhibition "New Documentary" was shown at three art museums in Japan. His books include Tanoshii shashin (“Fun Photography”) and his recent collections The Narcissistic City (Mack) and Trails (Mack). In addition, in 2019 he published Symphony: Mushrooms from the Forest (Case Publishing) and Looking Through Le Corbusier Windows (Walther König, CCA, Window Research Institute). He currently serves as a visiting professor in the graduate school of Tokyo Zokei University.