The 18th “1_WALL” Photography Competition Grand Prize Winner
Taisuke Nakano won the Grand Prize in the 18th “1_WALL” Photography Competition for “Hyper≠Linking with…” works he produced in reaction to his shock at realizing that the people close to him all too naturally embrace desires he himself doesn’t have. The judges expressed high acclaim for the way Nakano, rather than despairing or becoming pessimistic at his realization, instead looked at this shocking experience objectively and sublimated it into his works.
For this solo exhibition, Nakano will be showing dreamily colored photographs on the theme of the desires of people close to him: family members, his lover, and so on. His works, which form unique images through application of a gelatinous film over the photographs, depict people from a third-party perspective. For Nakano, knowing the desires of others is also an experience in encountering people’s unknown faces. It suggests that the world can’t be simply divided according to place, time, gender, age, etc.; rather, every individual human being has an unimaginable number and variety of facets.
On February 6 (Wed), i.e. while the exhibition is underway, a talk event on the theme of the relationship between photography and language will be held with Rei Masuda, chief curator at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, as guest. Visitors will surely enjoy seeing Taisuke Nakano’s solo exhibition a year after his winning of the Grand Prize.
Born in 1994. Graduated from Musashino Art University, majoring in Imaging Arts and Sciences, in 2017.
In 2018, he won Grand Prize in the 18th “1_WALL” Photography Competition.
Message from the Artist
I sometimes think about my mother and ask myself, “Who is this person?” I know all too well what she looks like, but as far as who she is inside, I haven’t the foggiest idea. Sometimes I look at my significant other and ask myself, “Does this person really exist?” I can touch and talk to this soulmate of mine, but for all I know this person so special to me is actually a ghost. Which reminds me of something that happened last year when I was riding in my soulmate’s car on the expressway. We’d been arguing since the day before and were engaged in a fierce battle of words. Being yelled at in such a loud voice, I got really annoyed and turned to look at the car in the lane next to ours. I saw myself in the driver’s seat. More than thinking I was going crazy, I told myself, “Well, such things can happen.”
I felt like opening the window and saying something, but I stopped. The fact that another me exists maybe shows that I wasn’t wrong in harboring doubts about my mother or significant other. I felt like showing off how smart I was and smiled a self-satisfied smile—and then my soulmate yelled at me again.
Message from One of the Judges
Taisuke Nakano conspires to disclose to all the world, through expression possible only with photography, the incomprehensible inner side of people.
In his doing so, I sense signs of an emerging change in how identity is expressed through physicality.
Nakano’s photographs, wrapped in a gelatinous film filled with air bubbles that glows the colors of the rainbow, head toward things having a physical connection or toward something inside the body that is absolutely inseparable.
By intentionally cancelling what lies within or by gazing repeatedly at things joined by a tangled magnetic tape or memory medium, he portrays uncertain and sensuous days.
Nakano’s photos confound concepts of time and invite us into a unique world.
From between the legs of the mother sitting before a wrinkled silver space, an enigmatic aluminum tape hangs down.
His photos, having uncovered agonizing over how to expose oneself and weaving things and relationships in detail and experimentally, transport the viewer to an all-new world.
I find appealing the works of this artist who has found interest in building and discovering that world, and I have high expectations.
Arata Dodo (photographer)
Organizer: Guardian Garden