SNOW Contemporary is pleased to announce Kota Takeuchi's solo exhibition "Photographs turn stone monuments into mere stone, but even so people take them." from Friday, February 3rd through Saturday, March 4th, 2017.
In the past, Takeuchi has exhibited works that question the media when converting memories into transcriptions, or question ourselves as recipients of information, through solo exhibitions including "Open Secret" (2012 / SNOW Contemporary, Tokyo) in which he suddenly appeared in front of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant live monitoring camera as an agent of a Finger Pointing Worker, and highlighted consciousness of viewers of the disaster as well as self-consciousness of anonymous performers, "Sight Consuming Shadows" (2013 / Mori Art Museum, Fukushima) where he traced buried memories including artifacts, "Eyes on Hand" (2014 SNOW Contemporary, Tokyo) where he captured our landscapes in which we acquire information from our hand (=mobile phone).
Since 2013, Takeuchi has taken photographs of approximately 170 existing gravestones referring to the photographs on Economic History in the Modern Age of Iwaki (1976), written by Ichiro Saito, which he found in a library in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture. This exhibition, which counts as his third solo exhibition at SNOW Contemporary, would be reconstructed as an installation consisted of scanned images of the book as well as photographs in which Takeuchi took himself.
Through these works, Takeuchi indicates the durations of media in our current society where massive data is overflowing by technological evolution, as well as conversions between the different medias, and portrays the difficulties of inheriting data over generations, and discloses human beings confronting oblivion.