For the annual summer exhibition at IBASHO, the Antwerp-based gallery has chosen for the theme Mizu, which translates from Japanese to English to water. As an island nation, Japan has a deep connection with water in many ways, creating a cultural history where water and life go hand in hand.
The exhibition at IBASHO will show works by 7 Japanese contemporary photographers, 2 Western contemporary artists and vintage works by 5 older masters of Japanese photography, in which water plays a significant role.
Short explanation about “Mizu”
In Japan, under the influence of Shintoism, water is believed to incarnate the purity and pliant simplicity of life. A spiritual connection with elements like water is believed to be a primary force in the life of a Shinto priest. Likewise, waterfalls are believed to be sacred and standing under one is thought to purify the individual. Ook watervallen worden als heilig beschouwd en als men onder een waterval staat, wordt verondersteld dat deze het individu zuivert. Water is also one of the five elements of Japanese Buddhism (Godai: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Void) and embodies the quality of flexibility. It represents the fluid, flowing, and formless things in the world.
In 1645 swordsman, philosopher, strategist, writer and rōnin, Miyamoto Musashi, wrote that we may have much to learn from water. To Musashi, water has a natural innate flexibility, since it can quickly adapt to shifting boundaries and continually seek out the best path. Adaptable and resourceful, water is as comfortable flowing down a stream as it is settling into a lake basin. Given enough time, it can even erode mountains. To Musashi, a skilled swordsman must possess that same ability to adapt to change in a split-second -and the patience to keep his cool even in the most unexpected of situations. Qualities that are useful for life in general.
The gallery is open from Thursday to Sunday from 14.00 to 18.00. On other days, the gallery can be opened by appointments. Due to the Belgian COVID-19 regulations, a maximum of 7 people is allowed in the gallery space. The exhibition is on display until 22 August.