Photographer Ryudai Takano would present his first solo exhibition in Europe, titled With Me, at IBASHO Gallery in Antwerp on 21st of March, but given the current situation in regards to COVID-19, it was impossible to have a festive start of the exhibition.
To give everybody an idea of the exhibition, IBASHO Gallery published a video where they walk by the photo exhibition. Furthermore, IBASHO will use their newsletter, Instagram and Facebook to share more of Takano’s work. More information can be found on the website of IBASHO.
Ryudai Takano (1963) is a renowned Japanese photographer who has been engaged in his artistic practice on the theme of nudeness and sexuality since the beginnings of the 1990s. For 30 years, his aesthetic approach has consisted of showing subjects – mostly male or female nudes, in their most objective appearance, without bias, without effects and without prejudice.
The exhibition at IBASHO contains work from four different series:
ca.ra.ma.ru: a series that illustrates the beauty of the human naked body by portraying butoh dancers entwining themselves naked.
Reclining Woo-Man: a series depicting a stout, middle-aged naked man in poses typical of classical paintings.
With me: a series of self-portraits in which Takano poses naked next to another naked person and which caused quite a stir in 2014 when the photographs were exhibited in the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art in Nagoya.
Daily Snapshots: A series Takano has been making since 1998 by taking a picture every day, to make photographing an everyday event and to try to consider a camera as part of his body.
With this exhibition, Ryudai Takano and IBASHO intend to show the public the essence and versatility of Takano’s oeuvre. The exhibition also marks the fifth anniversary of the IBASHO gallery.
The gallery is currently temporarily closed until 3 April, unless the Belgian government decides otherwise. Keep an eye on the website and/or social media of IBASHO to keep up-to-date.