Each Modern is pleased to announce an exhibition by the renowned Japanese photographer Moriyama Daido. The exhibition will be on view at Light Society, Beijing on June 16 and present Moriyama Daido’s lightboxes, Cibachrome, and video works, in China for the first time. In a famous article he wrote in the 1980s, Moriyama Daido mentioned, “Intervened by the memories, light enters the history. Then the history awakens the memories through the medium of light, that is how light exists in the ‘moment’. ” Light Comes Again focuses on the imaginative and provoking artist’s exploration of the relationships between medium, light, memory, and time. The exhibition is conceived by Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation and Each Modern.
Defining photography as ‘a fossil of light and time’, Moriyama Daido’s lightboxes deeply react to the incontinuity of memories. The intense rendering imagery by lightbox also recalls the rapid change of social landscapes and medias in Japan from 70’s to present. 'Not only I like my photographs printed for galleries and museums exhibitions, but also on photobooks, T-shirts, watches and posters to spread throughout the streets. I have been looking forward to see my photographs becoming lightboxes. Furthermore, I will be very happy if they can blend into the streets as signboards in the future. The reason is that when photography becomes art, the possibilities are infinite. They are most powerful when they return to the circulation in society.' stated by Moriyama Daido. The exhibition includes 8 large-scale lightbox works featuring the most important images by the artist: "Accident(1969)", "Yokosuka(1970)", "Another Country in New York(1971)", "Stray Dog, Misawa(1971)", "Tights in Shimotakaido(1987)" and others.
On the second floor of Light Society,
In 2013, Moriyama Daido had his early color photographs printed right before the last Cibachrome lab closed. It seems to be his grieve to the dying technology and the memory of scenes. Moriyama Daido’s color works continue his style in the black and white photographs. Just like the end of the memories, shaking and ambiguous, the odd colors present an intense insecurity. Cibachrome is a high-end positive-to-positive photo reproducing technology; its illusory and melancholic color tone significantly highlights Moriyama Daido’s photographs in a beautiful yet annihilating aspect.