Tentoonstelling 'Fototentoonstelling The Other Japan'

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Alumni , Medewerkers , Studenten
24-08-2021 17:00 tot 11-09-2021 17:00
Vandenhove Paviljoen, Rozier 1, 9000° Gent
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Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Japanese Language and Culture
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Photo exhibition of students from the Japanese language and culture program.

Japan in a peep box: a perfect miniature world in which the past is preserved and ever unchanging. A world that presents itself to the beholder as a harmonious natural landscape of Fuji-san, temples and geisha. Next to this ‘exotic paradise’, images of modernity appear in the peepbox; composed of topoi as high technology, mega-cities, emotional indifference, social isolation, suicide, etc.

While the distortion of the well-preserved harmonious image of a traditional Japan is experienced as fracture and rupture, it also confirms and feeds a meta-stereotype: Japan is different and – in its difference – cannot be understood by ‘the others’.

The photo project “The Other Japan” now takes a closer look to find the visual “other” behind the “othered” Japan. The photos selected for this exhibition have been made by students from the Institute of Japanese Language and Culture during their long-term exchange in cities like Kanazawa, Kobe, Fukuoka.