2018 MONSTROUS PARADISE
RuArts Gallery together with the European Cultural Centre – Russia presents a solo-exhibition of one of the most provocative and daring, iconic world-famous photographers, Nobuyoshi Araki. European Cultural Centre exhibits 50 Still life photos “Monstrous Paradise” exposed in RuArts Gallery for the first time.
Born in 1940 in Tokyo, Nobuyoshi Araki became world famous as the narrator of provocative erotic photographs. As from 1960-s Araki discoved a new style of “private” photography, making his own experience and relationships with other people and objects a storyline. With his inherent irrepressible creative energy, Araki photographs dying people, collapsing buildings, fading flowers, and on the other hand, he makes portraits of young people, landscapes of Tokyo, women, and magnificent bouquets. Reality and fiction, Eros and Thanatos, coexist on equal terms in the art of the photographer. The harmonious connection of opposites is the very essence of photography, from the point of view of Araki.
Nobuyoshi Araki is building a jungle, a playful wilderness beset with as much danger as seduction, as much pain as pleasure, as much death as life.
His photographs tap into the sensual beauty of nature that is ever shadowed by the reality of death. Skin comes to resemble the surface of a leaf, lips the blossom of a flower – bright colors that suggest a kind of ecstasy that embodies itself through a joyful dance. The exhibition also includes a video of the famous Shibuya Crossing in Japan which resembles a giant beating heart.
People running through and crossing Shibuya look like little monsters to Araki. He likes this controversial energy of blooming overwhelmed Tokyo. Already being famous, Araki still prefers metro to a car, he likes being surrounded by people, in this emotional chaotic mess.
The exhibition is accompanied by the special edition where you may find the whole series of “Monstrous Paradise” and a story behind the project. “Monstrous Paradise” is a special project by Araki for the European Cultural Centre in 2017.
Curators: Radmila Sarkisian, Svetlana Eroshina