SNOW Contemporary is pleased to announce Haruya Nakajima's solo exhibition of his latest works "AZABU SHOYO - To ramble about Azabu -," from Friday, June 2nd through Saturday, July 1st, 2017.
In the past, Nakajima has presented works that derive from the sociality of certain locations chained with his emotional aspects through the visuals of himself walking around the towns, including “Vale Tudo in New Town” where he wrestled in New Town where he grew up, or in “Urashima Modern Loitering Story” where he acted as Urashima Taro and wandered around Onahama, Fukushima in 2016.
The location for his newest work in this exhibition is Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo. The word “Shoyo” in the exhibition title means “rambling,” and is also the name of the literary figure Shoyo Tsubouchi who developed modern literature. Japanese modern literature, which started with transcribed comic storytelling, is the origin of sharing personal stories. Nakajima’s mind connected this with hip-hop, where people would sing out their personal words on the street. Nakajima’s such mind, which may first seem as unconnected matters at first sight, leap from wide main streets to narrow alleyways, from residential areas to high-rise buildings, as though delightfully rambling through the diverse cityscapes and rendering new perspectives. Now is a time where timelines of device screens would renew itself every each minute, and the cityscapes repeat their scrap and build. Confusion arising in the changing current is not stopped thoughts or indecision, but rather an acquisition of a new selfness that allows renewing itself to even something that excesses one’s existing intentionality.
We hope Nakajima’s such new works where he continuously rambles through the constantly transforming Tokyo, away from any existing vested rights and questioning the subtle differences he finds, would be inspiring for all viewers.